Fresh Pumpkin Purée
Fresh pumpkin purée makes an incredible pie, and it's something you can do well ahead of time, when you have the oven space. It's so easy, you may never go back to canned pumpkin.
Servings 4 servings
- 1 (3 pound) pie pumpkin (see note 1)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Prepare a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper. Thoroughly scrub pumpkin. Halve pumpkin and remove seeds with your hands by combing through the fibrous strings with your fingers. Scrape out and discard fibrous strings. Rinse seeds with cool water and dry well with kitchen towel.
Cut into 5-inch pieces. Place pieces skin-side down in a shallow baking pan lined with parchment paper and roast uncovered until tender, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
Remove from oven and cool completely. Scoop the pulp into a blender or food processor, and blend until smooth.
Place pumpkin puree into a cheesecloth-lined sieve, and allow to drain for 60 minutes. Discard liquid.
- Pie pumpkins: Smaller and more adorable than a standard carving pumpkin, these cuties are also known as sugar pumpkins. Specific varieties include: Baby Pam, Ghost Rider, Autumn Gold, New England, Cinderella, and Fairy Tale. They're grown specifically for cooking, so the flesh is denser, more plentiful, and less stringy than a jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Don't confuse the pie pumpkins with the tiny gourd pumpkins, though--those can't be turned into purée.
- Save the seeds: Roast those seeds and snack on them.
- Yield: You need just under 2 cups of the pumpkin purée to replace one 15-ounce can of pumpkin.
- Freezing: The processed pumpkin freezes like a dream, for pumpkin pie in February, if that's your thing. Scoop into a freezer bag, date, label, and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Make ahead: Store fresh purée in the refrigerator and use within the week.
- Other squashes: Spoiler alert! Canned pumpkin is actually made from a variety of squash, the Dickinson squash, which tastes close to pumpkin. So, feel free to use this technique with another type of squash: Hubbard, Kabocha, Butternut, or Acorn.
Serving: 0.5cup | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 3mg | Potassium: 1157mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 28961IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg