‘Tis the season for pumpkins! I love pumpkins and pumpkin seeds, but what else can you do with that giant already-carved-pumpkin besides throw it in the trash can or let your kids smash it? Pumpkins are SO versatile, and I will show you some great ways to use pumpkin puree (as long as its flesh is still fresh and not moldy)!
Yes, puree it! I cut my 12 lb pumpkin in half (seeds removed already), placed it on a cookie sheet at 350 degrees F for 1 hr. It should be fork tender, if not, cook it longer. When baked, just place in a food processor, food mill, or blender, and puree until smooth.
Uses for Pumpkin Puree:
- EAT IT! Add some cinnamon and brown sugar, a little butter and ooh, yum yum.
- Freeze it! Place it pre-measured in freezer containers or baggies for future eating or baking. 2 cup quantities are about the size of a 15oz can of pumpkin, so that is the size that works best for me. When you need to use it, thaw in the fridge or defrost in in the microwave oven.
- Use it on your face. Did you know that Pumpkin is very high in vitamin A? That means “good for your face,” so you can just smear some of that yummy goodness all over your blemishes. You can also mix a few tablespoons of pumpkin with some plain natural yogurt and some brown sugar and you have yourself a delicious exfoliant scrub that is an excellent (please refrigerate) gift. Send a picture to include on the blog!
- Feed it to your cat. Pumpkin is high in fiber and other great nutrients. My visit to the vet last week resulted in an overpriced bill with a prescription of “feed your cat pumpkin”. Go figure.
- COOK with it! Pumpkin puree is ready for pie making, pancake flipping, or even my very own PUMPKIN OATMEAL BARS (click for recipe)! You can use pumpkin puree in soups, salad dressings, and other recipes.
- Pumpkin Pancakes (YUM)
- Pumpkin Oatmeal Bars
- Pumpkin Soup
- Pumpkin Scones
- Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Pumpkin Pie
- Pumpkin Swirl Cheesecake (a favorite)
Pumpkins are considered a type of winter squash, so they will last for weeks while remaining firm and edible as long as they are not yet carved. Keep them on your table, in the window, or use small pumpkins as bookends.
SHARE YOUR IDEAS! I would love to know what you do with your pumpkins, especially if you have any recipes to add!