A coworker gave my husband several pumpkins. I was left the task of turning these magnificent gourds into something edible. Dredging up 30+ year old memories of rural Missouri farm life, I realized that I had two options. I could use "Mom's way" - quarter the pumpkin, scrape the interior, peel and chunk the flesh and boil with some water until soft enough to process - but that tends to leave the pumpkin a watery, stringy, unappetizing mess. So, I decided to come up with "My way" - a combination of several methods suggested by friends that makes the least amount of effort provide the most yummy goodness. The instructible which follows (my very first! Yay!) is my kitchen-tested method of getting delicious flesh (and seeds) from pumpkins. I hope you enjoy.

For this method you will need:
a pumpkin
a large knife
a large spoon
a fork
a large bowl
a baking pan with 1" sides large enough to hold your pumpkin when cut in half
workspace (a bit of countertop is handy)
an oven
about an hour and a half - with nearly 50 minutes of that available to do other things.
a way to dispose of the scrap (guts and skins)
pot holders

a couple of paper towels or small container (for holding seeds)
a dishtowel (for creating a non-skid surface on the counter)

Step 1: Step One - Find yourself a pumpkin

I selected one of the traditional pumpkin-shaped beasts for this instructable, but this will work with any of the varieties shown. I know it will - because after hacking the one seen in the following steps apart for photos, each of the others met the same fate. Mmmm.


<p>May I add a little tip? If you want to roast the seeds, which I usually give up on because it is difficult to separate it from the fibers. I don't like tedious things. I found if you run your fingers through the fibers, like you would run your fingers through your hair, the seeds come out with almost no fiber. Then you can scrape the fibers out as you would normally do.</p>
Yay! I roast mine too. It's the best way to do it. :D
This is the greatest instructutorial I have ever seen!!<br>Wonderful!! I had never cleaned a pumpkin before! This made it fun &amp; easy! I SO appreciate it! I found I REALLY like to eat pumpkin!! I fried some, buttered some, made the seeds into a snack with my herb oils &amp; froze some for leter as well!...Awesome!! Thanx SO much! Two thumbs up!!
I love the step by step directions. My kids and I had a blast doing it together and your directions made me laugh. Thank you :)
thank you for the help!! your instructions were funny :) and nice and easy for beginners like me, very informative and simple, i have a 1 year old so the quickest way is always the best!!! thank you again!!

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