Easy Way to Bake and Store Your Pumpkin


You can use your leftover jack-o-lantern or an intact pumpkin to make a variety of dishes. Whether you intend to use your pumpkin during the holiday season or at a later time, this is a quick and easy way to cook and store your pumpkin.

  1. Cut pumpkin in half from top to bottom.
  2. Scrape any seeds and strings from the pumpkin.
  3. Lay the pumpkin halves, cut side down, on a baking sheet. Place in 325 degree oven until soft (about one hour).
  4. Remove from oven and allow to cool. Remove and discard pumpkin skin. It should just peel right off the pulp.
  5. At this point, you have several choices on what to do with the pumpkin meat, depending on what consistency you want it to have. I prefer to break it into smaller pieces or mash it with a potato masher, but you can put the pumpkin through a potato ricer, strainer or best countertop blender.
  6. Place pumpkin in ziploc freezer bags or plastic storage containers and store in freezer. I divide pumpkin up so that each bag or container holds one or two cups, so I don’t have to thaw more than I need at one time.

While I usually use all of my pumpkin during the holidays, I have safely used frozen pumpkin throughout the year.

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