Today I decided to make pumpkin puree from scratch, no additives, no salt just 100% pure pumpkin. I always have pumpkin puree in my freezer; I store it in approximately one-cup quantities. It comes in handy for pumpkin cake, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cheesecake and much more. Just imagine all the delicious recipes you can make with it? Once you make a homemade pumpkin puree, you won't go back to the canned stuff.
Is pumpkin healthy?
Pumpkin is very healthy and nutritious; it is high in so many vitamins and minerals such as vitamins A and C. It is a good source of vitamin E, iron and beta-carotene. Also, it is low in calories and helps in improving immunity.
How to make pumpkin puree?
There are three methods of making pumpkin puree.
The first method - Boiling pumpkin
In this method, we won't use the oven at all; all you have to do is:
1- clean the pumpkin, peel it, remove the seeds and cut it into big or small chunks.
2- Add the pumpkin chunks into a pot then cover them with water after that bring to a boil.
3- keep boiling until the pumpkin becomes tender about 20-25 minutes.
4- Let the pumpkin cool down then put in the food processor, puree until becomes smooth.
The second method - Baking pumpkin
1- preheat the oven to 190C.
2- Clean the pumpkin, peel it, remove the seeds and cut it into big or small chunks.
3- Spray an oven sheet with oil.
4- Put the pumpkin chunks in the baking sheet then bake for 30 minutes or until they become tender.
5- Let it cool down then puree until smooth using the food processor or a fork if you like.
The third method - steaming pumpkin
In this method, do the following
1- bring a pot half-filled with water to a boil.
2- put the pumpkin chunks in a colander then place the colander over the pot.
3- keep boiling until it become tender then puree until smooth after cooling down.
Tip: If you choose the second method of cooking the pumpkin (baking pumpkin), you may need to add a tiny stream of water while blending the pumpkin. Don't use so much water.
How to store pumpkin puree?
Once your pumpkin is cooled down completely, you can store it in the fridge in a jar or any other container for 3-4 days, or you can divide it to one-cup quantities then place it in a zipped plastic bags and freeze it for 5-6 months.
What to use pumpkin puree for?
You can make pumpkin puree then store or freeze it to use it in making all the fall recipes that you like such as pumpkin pie, cake, cheesecake, bread, and some pumpkin drinks as well.
How much pumpkin puree i will get from one cooked pumpkin?
This will totally vary based on the size of the pumpkin you have. for me, I bought two medium pumpkins that made about 8 cups and half of pumpkin puree.
More Pumpkin Recipes
- Pumpkin Sheet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe
- Healthy pumpkin pancake recipe
- Easy pumpkin bread recipe
How To Make Pumpkin Puree From Scratch
- 2 pumpkins, medium sized
- Preheat the oven to 190C.
- Clean the pumpkin, peel it, remove the seeds and cut it into big or small chunks.
- Spray an oven sheet with oil.
- Put the pumpkin chunks in the baking sheet then bake for 30 minutes or until it becomes tender.
- Let it cool down then puree until smooth using the food processor or a fork if you like.