Thursday, October 27, 2011

How to Roast a Pie Pumpkin

Pumpkin, often called a Super Food, it is a delightful food to add to the freezer. I use it to make pumpkin bread as well as pumpkin muffins. It is far healthier and far less expensive than using canned pumpkin. Here is my method of putting pumpkin away for the winter:
  • buy pie pumpkins (I found some for $1 a piece at both the famers' market as well as a farm where we bought larger pumpkins for decoration). The price was great, I've seen them as high as $3 a piece in grocery stores;
  • preheat your oven to 350 degrees;
  • cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin, remove stem, slice in half and remove seeds;
  • place upside down in pan, fill 1/3 of the way with water;
  • roast, just as you would an acorn squash, for 1 and 1/2 hours;
  • let cool;
  • scope each side into a freezer bag.
Also, to get the most out of your money, you can do the same with decorative pumpkins / jack-o-lanterns. I opt to draw faces on them with marker so that we can enjoy them as Halloween decorations, but not ruin the insides for later use. They are larger, and the taste won't be as intense, but it works just fine in recipes.

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