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 sugar pumpkins like we do. 🙂
You can use homemade pumpkin puree to make pumpkin pie and my infamous low-fat pumpkin cranberry bread. Its moist tangy goodness is always a hit with my family during the holidays!
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Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Using homemade pumpkin puree in your baked goods is an easy way to make holiday foods come to life. You just can’t beat the homemade taste!
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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
How to Make Pumpkin Puree:
1. Cut pumpkin in half and remove seeds.
Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds.
2. Steam the pumpkin.
Cut pumpkin in half and in a pot to steam for about 20 – 30 mins. You may need to cut it into smaller chunks. Only cut the chunks 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.
3. Allow Pumpkin halves to cool for about 5 – 10 minutes.
4. Scoop the pumpkin puree out of the steamed pumpkin.
5. Blend homemade pumpkin puree to a smooth consistency.
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. It’s so easy to make you’ll wonder what took you so long to try it.
Making pumpkin puree from scratch adds flavor to your holiday baked goods, desserts, and pumpkin recipes that you just can’t get out of a can.
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