You just can’t beat cooking with homemade pumpkin puree. Making it yourself adds flavor that you can’t get out of a can.
It’s a lot easier to make than you might think. It’s even easier if you grow your own pumpkins like we do. 🙂
You can use homemade pumpkin puree to make my infamous low-fat pumpkin cranberry bread. It’s moist tangy goodness is always a hit during the holidays!
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Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Using homemade pumpkin puree in your holiday baked goods is an easy way to make
Homemade Pumpkin Puree: Ingredients
- Small to medium Sugar Pumpkin or New England Pie Pumpkin
- Pot with steamer large enough to steam cut up pumpkin
- Vitamix or Food Processor
- Ice cream Scoop or large metal spoon
Homemade Pumpkin Puree: Directions
Step 1 – Cut pumpkin in half and remove seeds.
Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
Step 2 – Steam Pumpkin
Cut pumpkin in half and in a pot to steam for 20 – 30 mins. You may need to cut it into smaller chunks. Only cut them as small as you need to make them fit in the pot you are using. It’s done when you can easily stick a fork all the way through to the skin.
Step 3 – Allow Pumpkin halves to cool for about 5 – 10 minutes
Step 4 – Scoop out Pumpkin
Use Ice Cream Scoop or large metal spoon to scoop the pumpkin directly into your Vitamix or food processor. I like to put the piece I’m working on in a bowl to make it easier to scoop out.
Step 5 – Blend to a smooth consistency
Use a Vitamix or food processor to blend the steamed pumpkin to a smooth consistency. Do NOT add water.
That’s it! Simple right? I think it’s even easier than going to the store to get a can of pumpkin puree.
Alternatively, you can cut the skin off the pumpkin first and then cut the pumpkin into chunks to steam it. Then place the chunks directly into your Vitamix or food processor. Either way, it’s pretty easy.
You just can’t beat cooking with homemade pumpkin puree. Making it from scratch adds flavor to your holiday baked goods, desserts, and pumpkin recipes that you just can’t get out of a can. It’s so easy to make you’ll wonder what took you so long to try it! Happy holidays!
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