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You have a pumpkin. You want a pumpkin pie, or pumpkin pancakes, or pumpkin ice cream. What do you do?

You cut your pumpkin up, bake it until it's soft, peel it, blend it up, and put it in freezer bags. That's what you do.

Growing up, after every Halloween we would process our Jack-O-Lanterns into pounds and pounds of ready-to-cook pumpkin. Here's how you can do the same.

What you'll need:
  • A knife
  • A cutting board
  • A bowl
  • A hand blender
  • Plastic freezer bags
What would make it even easier:
  • A KitchenAid mixer
  • Four pairs of hands (wouldn't that be nice)

Step 1: Cut the Pumpkin Open

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solobo (author)  elizakwiatkowska1 year ago
pumpkin rule!
amygrren1 year ago
I love pumpkin, cool recipe :)
solobo (author)  amygrren1 year ago
thanks :)
rasomu1 year ago
It's easier to bake the pumpink in bigger pieces and then take the pulp out rather than in small pieces.
solobo (author)  rasomu1 year ago
I think you're right; some people cook theirs in halves and then scoop out the flesh, which I think might work well too. I've never tried it that way.
rasomu solobo1 year ago
I do.


Good instructable, anyway
augapfel1 year ago
Is there a reason to bake the raw pumpkin rather than boil/stew it?
solobo (author)  augapfel1 year ago
I could guess that you might keep more flavor if you bake it, but really it's just the only way I've done it. Boiling might work fine.
dneal41 year ago
Thank you so much!
Ysabeau1 year ago
Clever, that gives me reason to buy pumpkin.