After cleaning the seeds out of the pumpkins, we, of course, cooked and ate them! 😀 There are loads of wonderful recipes to try on the internet. And I didn’t want to waste all that delicious pumpkin, so I pureed it! It’s very easy and tastes sooo much better than canned puree.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line your pumpkin bits flesh side up on cookie sheets and cook for 45 minutes or until fork tender.
Now it’s time to separate the flesh from the skin. If, like me, you’re pumpkins are older, you will be able to just peel them. If they’re fresh pumpkins, they will still have a lot of moisture in them and might not peel easily. If so, you will have to use a spoon or a knife to scrape the pumpkin from the skin.
Now freeze it however you will in freezer containers or freezer bags. To make life easier on yourself, freeze it in cup amounts that match what you’ll use it for. For example, I have a cranberry pumpkin muffin recipe I love that requires 2 cups of puree. So I put two cups in a bag and freeze it. The night before I want to use it I put it in the fridge to thaw. But you could nuke it in the microwave on defrost in a pinch. Just be careful not to burn it!
The puree will keep up to six months in a regular freezer. But if you have access to a freezer chest and a FoodSaver, it’ll go a year easy. Enjoy!