So the pumpkins have been picked. As of this morning, all nine are inside, even if they are no longer in the same “form.” After giving away at least five pumpkins I decided to keep these and make something with them. I decided pumpkin puree for the fall/winter was a fantastic idea.
The mutilation has begun. First I cut each pumpkin in half and scooped out all the seeds. I then sliced each half into fourths and placed them into a 9 x 13 pan with about an inch of water and baked at 400 until they meat was soft. I should have taken a picture but I completely forgot.
After baking, I scooped all the meat out and placed it directly into the food processor and just let it go until all the lumps were gone and it was a smooth consistency.
The great things about pumpkins is that nothing needs to go to waste. The seeds can be cleaned off (just pick off the leftover pumpkin) and baked on a cookie sheet with a variety of spices. Try garlic and salt…. I however did not go this route. My kitchen was extremely hot after baking three pumpkins so my seeds went directly to compost.