Don’t let your leftover Halloween pumpkins go to waste! This is the DIY you’ve been waiting for – learn how to gut a pumpkin and make your own pumpkin puree. Your pumpkin pie will never be the same.
So you have a bunch of pumpkins on your porch and you want to be frugal and provide food for your family. The big pumpkins are no good. But the little pumpkins aka the pie pumpkins are your best bet to gut to make pumpkin puree.
I won’t lie… this is messy, dangerous, and time-consuming Your prize is that you get to eat the seeds right away, and your freezer will be stocked with many bags of fresh frozen pumpkin which will last… well… until you eat it all! Oh… and pumpkin pie to die for!
We grow our own organic pumpkins, but it doesn’t matter where you grow, pick, or purchase yours.
Warning and Disclaimer
WARNING and DISCLAIMER: The information you are about to read contains dangerous activities. Gutting pumpkins is an inherently dangerous activity. Do not use knives with wet or slimy hands, wet or slimy cutting surfaces, wet or slimy pumpkins, or while standing on a wet or slimy floor. Do not use knives when drunk. Do not let children handle knives. Do not eat raw pumpkin meat or seeds. Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball. Neither myself, nor Pink Fortitude, LLC is responsible for your stupidity, incompetence, or accidental misfortune.
Are we good? It’s time to learn how to gut a pumpkin for food and puree.
How to Make Pumpkin Puree
1. Wash/scrub the outside of the pumpkin and let dry.
2. Once the pumpkin is dry, you want to cut it up.
3. Cut off the top and scoop out the seeds. Save them for later.
4. Next, cut off one quarter, and then cut each additional quarter. The best way is to start in the middle and cut down, go back to the middle incision and cut the other way. Just remember not to use knives while any surface on you or what you are cutting is wet or pumpkin seed slimy.
5. The smaller you cut up the pumpkins, the more you can fit into a crock pot. The bigger the slices, the less time it will take later on. It’s a toss up.
6. Put your pumpkin slices in the crock pot, and compost the scraps. Cook on low for about 4 hours, when the meat is soft.
7. In the meantime, make your pumpkin seeds! You can check out the DIY here.
8. Once the pumpkin is cooked, let cool, and use a large spoon to scrape out the meat.
9. Discard or compost the outer skin/shell of the pumpkin. Your pumpkin meat is ready for the food processor!
10. Put the pumpkin meat in the food processor and run until smooth, like a puree or the consistency of baby food.
11. Measure out 1 or 2 cups and put in a bag and freeze for future use. This will take the place of canned pumpkin puree for pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, etc.
Pumpkin Puree Resources
Health Benefits of Pumpkins
Don’t forget… the meat of your pumpkin will range in color from yellow to orange. It probably won’t be as orange as the canned puree you get at the store.
Aside from being one of the yummiest food on the planet, pumpkin is full of Vitamin A which boosts vision, and is one of the best-known sources of the antioxidant beta-carotene, Vitamin C. It’s full of fiber, it may help to protect against cancer, asthma, and heart disease, and increase your immunity.
If you are looking to instead purchase pumpkin puree, Thrive Market has the best options of organic pumpkin puree.
Watch the YouTube Video
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