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Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree

Erin SheehanWe grow a lot of pumpkin and winter squash. I like to make pumpkin soup, bread, waffles, cookies, you name it. Pumpkin makes everything better, right? This is a Sweet Meat pumpkin from our garden.

 

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Until recently I processed my pumpkins in the oven by cutting them open and baking them. But I find that method dries the flesh too much for my taste. Instead I use my pressure cooker. It takes a bit longer because I can only do half or even less of one at a time, but I fit it in while I’m doing other things in the kitchen.

From November through January, I’ll process one or two pumpkins a week and use them as I go along. Here’s how I do it in the pressure cooker.

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Cut up pumpkin or squash into pieces a few inches long and wide. Remove seeds. Put a stainless steel vegetable steamer into your pressure cooker. Put enough water into the pressure cooker to just barely touch the bottom of the steamer. Fill up the pressure cooker with your cut pumpkin.

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Bring cooker up to pressure and let cook for 10 minutes. When I’m doing a really thick squash like Sweet Meat, which can be a couple of inches thick, I up it to 11 or 12 minutes. Once cooked, turn off heat and allow pressure to drop.

Carefully remove the steamer and your pumpkin.

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Once it has cooled, the flesh will scrape right out easily. Notice how moist and soft it is!

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Much better than baking. Enjoy!

homespunlifeinthecity
11/10/2014 1:15:09 PM

Hi Mary, thanks for the comment. I love the flavor of pumpkin. We make pretty much everything pumpkin. It is a lot more work this way, that's true. I tend to do it Saturday and Sunday mornings, between reading the paper, having coffee. Our quiet time.


mary
11/9/2014 9:00:12 AM

Hi,Erin, Do you use the pumpkin in so many things to substitute for oil, or do you just like the pumpkin flavor? I don't think your idea would work for me because you are cutting up raw, hard, pumpkin and squash, and that is far more work - especially for older hands. I'm needing to look for more simpler ways of doing things for both myself and Larry. Happy blogging! Mary from Old Dog New Tricks!