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3 Delicious Ways to Prepare Pumpkin This Season

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Happy National Pumpkin Day!

Fall is, without a doubt, pumpkin season. It is everywhere — from coffee to décor! If you’re looking for ways to reuse those Halloween decorations, or simply looking for something fun this National Pumpkin Day, consider trying one of these fun and delicious ideas.

Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin puree is the #1 use for pumpkin, but you don’t have to buy it in a can when you have whole pumpkins at home. It is actually super easy to DIY this ingredient and then you have it for any recipe you like. Start by cutting the pumpkin down the middle and then scoop out the seeds and stringy bits from inside. Put the pumpkin in a baking dish, cut sides down, with about a cup of water in the bottom and bake in the oven for about 90 minutes. Once the flesh is tender, you can scoop it out and puree it in a food processor. That’s it! You now have pumpkin puree that you can use in recipes, from cocktails to baked goods, or freeze it for later.

Pumpkin Stock

The guts are the stringy bits that are in the middle of the pumpkin with all the seeds. Many people have favorite uses for the seeds (more on this later), but the guts usually end up in the trashcan. But they don’t have to! Once you’ve separated the seeds from the guts, put all those slimy strings into a pot of water on the stove. Boil it until the water begins to change color and then strain out the vegetable matter. You can use this vegetable stock in any recipes for a delicious pumpkin hint, or you can freeze it for later.


Once you remove the seeds, rinse them thoroughly and toss them with some oil and any spices you like. Place them on a baking pan in a single layer and roast them in the oven. Pepitas make a great snack or they can be used in lots of recipes, including desserts.


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