How to Prepare Fresh Pumpkin the Easy Way!
Fresh Pumpkins are a yummy and tasting alternative to canned pumpkin. Tis the season to be baking and cooking with pumpkin. Most stay away from preparing it themselves because of the difficulty. While it is easy to buy canned pumpkin, the taste of fresh pureed pumpkin is deeper and more robust. Fresh pumpkin is also a lighter color then canned.
It has been said that the meat of large pumpkins are better suited for soups & stews, I use it all my recipes and have not noticed a significant difference. Keep in mind that you can not process pumpkin using the canning method for safety reasons. The safest way to save your pumpkin is to cut into chunks and freeze. After it is defrosted I place in my food processor and puree for recipes.
How to Prepare Fresh Pumpkin the Easy Way
It does take a while to cook, but I find it the easiest. Walk away and come back to preparing.
- Preheat oven to 375 degree
- Rinse/wash the pumpkin under cold water. Ensure all dirt or debris is removed from the outside and wipe dry with paper towels.
- Cut the pumpkin in half. Remove the pulp and the seeds by scraping the insides with a metal spoon.
(Place the seeds in a colander and reserve for making roasted pumpkin seeds, nothing goes to waste)
- Put the two halves cut side down in a roasting pan or a casserole dish. Add enough water to cover first 1/2 of pumpkin.
- Cook for about 90 minutes or until the pumpkin flesh is tender enough to pierce with a knife.
- Remove the pumpkin halves. Cool
- Once cook scoop out the flesh with a spoon