Learn how to make pumpkin puree from scratch with pie pumpkins. It’s actually one of the easier things to process, as intimidating as it might seem!
I have been wanting to process pumpkins for several years now, but like any other toddler mom, I’ve been a bit busy! I was really proud of myself for taking the time to try it this year before my third child is born. And the best part is – I realized I should have just been doing it all along because it is INSANELY easy.
No, I’m not just saying that because I’m a blogger. It’s true! You roast them. You scrape the pulp out into a food processor and blend it up until it runs smooth. And… you’re done!
And good God, the flavor is next level. It’s yet another thing I think I can agree to never buy pre-canned again if I can help it.
In order to can your pumpkin puree, you’ll need to pressure can it. I need a new valve, so we’re just going to freeze some of it, and use it fresh. This is simply an article to take you from whole pumpkin to fresh puree. Enjoy!
I know we certainly did! This was the perfect homestead lesson to add to our pumpkin unit study. Food preservation is one of my favorite “hobbies” in life, and I loved sharing this with my son.
WHILE YOU’RE PLANNING YOUR PUMPKIN THEME:
- Check out my Pumpkin Unit here. (Use code PUMPKIN25 for 25% off) If you join my Preschool Program Membership, you’ll get a major discount on all past Unit Studies, and 2 brand new units included each month!
- Here are 25 Pumpkin Activities for your Preschooler’s Pumpkin theme!
- Here’s a list of Pumpkin Books for your Pumpkin Unit Study.
- Here are 25 Pumpkin Crafts for your Preschooler
- Here’s a list of 16 Fun & Delicious Pumpkin-Themed Snacks for your Kids
- Here are some fun Pumpkin Facts for Kids
Pumpkin Activities & Crafts We’ve Done at the Moore Homestead:
- Anatomy of a Pumpkin
- Pumpkin Stamping Art
- Wash the Pumpkins Sensory Activity
- Pumpkin Patch Invitation to Play
- DIY Pumpkin Pie Moon Sand
- Pumpkin Suncatchers Craft
- Pumpkin Boats Activity
- Fluffy Pumpkin Slime
- Pumpkin Bubbles Science Experiment
- How to Dye Pumpkin Seeds for Sensory Play and Crafts
- Pumpkin Seed Name Craft
- Pumpkin Shape Sorter
- Pumpkin Volcano Science Experiment
- Pumpkin Paper Plate Craft
- Pumpkin Soup Activity
- Pumpkin Sticker Play for Toddlers
- Pumpkin Squish Bag for Babies & Toddlers
- Painting Pumpkins Art Activity
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Ingredients for Pumpkin Puree:
- Pie pumpkins!
Yes, that’s it! Another name these might go by are sugar pumpkins.
If you weren’t aware, you don’t really want to eat the typical jack-o-lantern pumpkins or other decorative varieties. Pie pumpkins are where it’s at.
How to Make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch:
1. Start by cutting the pumpkins in half and gutting them. Save the seeds to roast if you like!
2. Put the pumpkins face up on a baking sheet lined with foil, and roast at 375*F for 30-45 minutes, or until they’re nice and tender.
3. Scrape the softened pulp away from rind. It should be easy to do when it’s cooked all the way.
4. In a food processor, make a puree!
And voila! There you have it! Your pumpkin puree from scratch!
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