With more and more people making their own well anything at home, I thought it would be nice to share how to make your own pumpkin puree. Maybe it will seem a little challenging at first, but considering the fact that the price of food at the grocery store these days fluctuates on a regular basis, it might come in pretty handy at some point!
To make pumpkin puree, you can roast it, boil it, microwave it and/or steam it. For this post, we will focus on using the boil method to make pumpkin puree.
- 1 pumpkin
The best pumpkins for eating are usually labeled “sugar” or “pie” pumpkins. Be sure to also have on hand a sharp knife, a cutting board, a large stock pot, a large bowl, a colander and a hand blender or food processor.
Step 1: Prepare Pumpkin
Start by slicing your pumpkin in half.
Scoop out the seeds and pulp.
When the gourd has been emptied, you can slice it into smaller pieces.
Step 2: Time to Boil
Place the pieces in a large stock pot. If you don’t have a stock pot, just work in batches.
Cover with water and place on high heat. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for about 40 minutes.
Step 3: Strain
When the pumpkin has finished boiling, strain in a colander to remove as much liquid as possible.
Step 3: Peel and Puree
When the pumpkin has cooled, you can peel off the shell. You can do this using your finger, by pushing the flesh away from the shell.
Next, use a hand blender to finish the puree. If you don’t have a blender or food processor, you can mash it with a potato masher and then more finely with a fork.
If you are using a pumpkin with high water content (for example a Halloween pumpkin), strain the puree for a few house to remove the excess liquid.