Learn how to puree pumpkin and how to make pumpkin puree the easy way! You just can’t beat cooking with homemade pumpkin puree. Cooking with pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins adds flavor that you just can’t get out of a can. This is the easiest and the best way to puree pumpkin.
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree from Scratch
Making pumpkin puree is a lot easier than you might think. It’s even easier if you grow your own sugar pumpkins as we do. 🙂
Children LOVE to learn how to cook things they help grow or find at the pumpkin patch.
When you are finished learning how to puree pumpkin and make pumpkin puree, you can use your fresh homemade pumpkin puree to make your favorite pumpkin pie recipe or my infamous low-fat pumpkin cranberry bread. Its moist tangy goodness is always a hit with my family during the holidays!
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 fresh homemade taste!
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Homemade Pumpkin Puree Supplies
- 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
The Best Way to Puree Pumpkin
There are a lot of people who bake their pumpkins before pureeing them, my family is not fond of this method of pureeing pumpkins. We prefer great grandma’s method of using steam to make pumpkin puree. Try it and we think you will agree!
1. Cut pumpkin in half and remove seeds.
Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds of a baking pumpkin.
2. Steam the pumpkin to make pumpkin puree.
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.
Alternatively, you can cut the skin off the pumpkin first and then cut the pumpkin into chunks in order to steam it to make pumpkin puree.
3. Allow Pumpkin halves to cool for about 5 – 10 minutes.
4. Scoop the fresh pumpkin puree out of the steamed pumpkin.
5. Blend homemade pumpkin puree to a smooth consistency.
That’s it! Simple right?
Alternatively, you can cut the skin off the pumpkin first and then cut the pumpkin into chunks in order to steam it to make pumpkin puree. Then place the chunks directly into your Vitamix or food processor.
Either way, making pumpkin puree is pretty darn easy. I think it’s even easier than going to the store to get a can of pumpkin puree!
How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch Photo Tutorial
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree from scratch
You just can’t beat cooking with homemade pumpkin puree. It’s so easy to make using great grandma’s steam method 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.
If you liked learning how to make pumpkin puree from scratch, you may also like:
- Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
- Visit a Pumpkin Patch
- How to make a Thankful Tree
- Turkey Leaf Lanterns
- 10 Ways to Have Fun Outside with Fall Leaves
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