Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Processing fresh pumpkin

Processing fresh pumpkin is easy, but it also a bit time-consuming. You should plan on at least 1-1/2 hours to complete it all, depending on the size of your pumpkin. I did two pie pumpkins (the small, sweet ones). It was really fun to see them growing in the garden, harvest them, and turn them into something as wonderful as pumpkin soup.

Fresh pumpkin
Big knife
Microwave-safe dish with a tight lid
Blender or food processor

Wash the outside of your pumpkin with water, but no soap. Cut your pumpkin open.

Remove the seeds. Keep these for planting next year or roasting. Remove the stem.

Cut into quarter or smaller pieces. The smaller the pieces, the quicker it cooks and the easier it is to remove from the skins after cooking.

Arrange in dish so that the lid will fit all the way. Add 1-2 inches of water. Cover.

Cook for 15 minutes on high, check to see if it is soft, then repeat in smaller increments of time until it is soft enough to scoop the innards out. It make takes as little at 15 minutes or as long as 30.

Scoop out the pumpkin. It should already be separating from the skin, so this should be easy.

Put in blender or food processor and puree.

Freeze, refrigerate, or use right away.

That's it. Really. It's that easy.

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