First – Carve & Cut
I only let the pumpkins sit for a day or two at most. I don’t want to let them go moldy and then have to waste the pumpkin. We carve our pumpkins the day of Halloween or the day before. Then the day after Halloween we cut them up & cook them!
Cut the pumpkin into BIG chunks. I clean the pumpkin and then cut off any bits that may look even the slightest discolored. If the skin is scarred I don’t worry because we’ll be slicing that part off.
Second – Choose a method of steaming or cooking
- Place big pumpkin chunks in a 9×13 pan & add a bit of water in the pan for steaming purposes.
- Cover with tin foil & put in the oven.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 40 – 60 minutes.
- (A med/large pumpkin fills two 9×13 pans)
- Put a couple of cups of water in a big pot.
- Add big chunks of Pumpkin.
- Cover & boil/steam for 15-20 min.
Microwave Steam Method
- Put big chunks of pumpkin in Big glass bowl.
- Add two inches of water
- Cover & cook for 20-25 minutes.
Third – Slice & Blend
Blend Pumpkin until Smooth
I let the pumpkin sit in the blender for 10 minutes to help the water seep out. The steaming/cooking fills the meat with a bit of water, by letting it seep out increases the flavor.
Fourth – Measure out and Freeze / or Use
Use like regular pumpkin puree
Instructions in a nutshell:
- Carve & Cut into big chunks
- bake: 400 degrees 45-60 minutes
- microwave: cover, add water 20-25 minutes
- Boil/Steam: cover, add water 15-20 minutes
- Slice skin off & Blend
- let sit to seep water out)
- Measure & Freeze/Use
Lastly, use your freshly made pumpkin puree for homemade pumpkin cookies or pumpkin oatmeal, or pumpkin spice hot chocolate.
How do you use your carved pumpkins?