Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree and Freeze for your Homemade Pumpkin Pies #Pumpkin #PumpkinPuree

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Get those pumpkins while they are clearing them out from Halloween and make your Homemade Pumpkin Puree. If you have not done this before it is an easy process and doesn’t take much time at all. Be sure to save the seeds and bake them so the family has a healthy treat as well. 🙂 This will make great pumpkin pies, pumpkin cheesecake, cookies, pumpkin logs and more all winter long!

I use 3 pumpkins for the winter to keep them on hand for when I want to make something with a sweet treat and have some fall flavor. We can never get enough of the pumpkin logs in the winter! YUMMY!

First, I cut off the top like when your carving them for Halloween so I can get out the seeds and the pulp that needs to be removed. I then start the seeds soaking with the salt and water to get them ready for baking. Then I slice the pumpkin into 4-6 wedges and place in a shallow baking pan with about an inch of water in the bottom. I set the oven to 350 and bake for an hour. At that time I take them out make sure the meat is soft and ready for me to make puree. If it’s soft I let it cool. Then when I can touch it with my fingers I take it off the rind and start to place it in my blender, you can also use a food processor or food mill. Then when I have it all puree I put it in a collander that I set inside of a large bowl so that the added juices drain. Then it is ready to use in recipes or freeze after draining.

To Freeze:

Place Puree into 1 quart size freezer bags, I usually put about 2 cups into each bag. Then remove the excess air from the bag and seal. Label the bag with Pumpkin Puree and the date and keep doing this till all your pumpkin puree is in bags unless your going to be using it right away then leave out what your going to use and freeze the rest.

How to use:
If your pumpkin puree is frozen remove it from the freezer the night before and let it defrost in the fridge so it will be ready to use. Then just follow the recipe for your homemade pumpkin pie, pumpkin log or cookie recipe. This gives your pies, cookies and other items a whole new taste and you may NEVER go back to canned pumpkin again!!!!

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11 Responses to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree and Freeze for your Homemade Pumpkin Pies #Pumpkin #PumpkinPuree

  1. Miranda McCallister says:

    I’m always thinking that I need to save my pumpkin insides other than roasting the seeds. Thanks for the tips. My mom is the baker, not me.

  2. Daniel says:

    I *LOVE* pumpkin pie, especially homemade ones, but the thought of all the trouble to process my own pumpkin was really daunting. I’ll have to give this a try and see how it turns out!

  3. Michele Cupp says:

    My son is a pumpkin pie fanatic. While I wouldn’t say that I’m a wonderful cook, I think even I can handle this. Thanks for the info, I will be trying this out.

  4. Shayna Brookman says:

    I will have to try this !!!!! Love pumpkin pie 🙂

  5. Tina says:

    I love recipes using pumpkin. I love pumpkin pie. it is my favorite.

  6. Stephanie Shipley says:

    That is a wonderful idea to make homemade pumpkin puree! I bet it tastes so much better than from the can (although it is delicious that way as well.) I think I will bake and freeze some pumpkin pies so we don’t run out during the holidays. It is a family favorite!

  7. sherry butcher says:

    I love pumpkin bread and this is just the thing to use, sounds good. TFS.

  8. Heidi Embrey says:

    I like pumpkin pie but I LOVE pumpkin cookies! Thanks for the tips 🙂

  9. joy person says:

    I’m going to be making pumpkin pie with my little girl for the first time this year!!! I’ll have to give this a try for my first go 🙂 Thanks so much!

  10. Valarie Lee Gentry says:

    I love anything pumpkin! This is a great idea! My daughter loves to help me bake! We always volunteer to bring dessert for our family thanksgiving!

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