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How To Cook Your Pumpkin

With your farm pumpkins, you can make a delicious puree used for any treat.

Let’s face it: nothing says fall quite like pumpkin spice. From drinks to desserts, even soup, pumpkin has made its debut in the food industry and it is here to stay.pumpkin3

After you visit our farms and pick out your perfect pumpkin, you may be pumpkin crazy just like us! Using your farm pumpkin as decoration is probably the most common way to put them to use, but this year, why not find your inner Betty Crocker and use your pumpkins as a tasty treat?

Cooking pumpkin may seem intimidating. Luckily for you, this blog will take you through a step-by-step process, so you have nothing to worry about except what you’re going to make with your delicious puree. Don’t be afraid, we believe in you.

To Begin

– Whether you have a small pumpkin or one that is larger, the only thing that size is going to dictate is the amount of puree you are going to make. The first thing you are going to want to do is to wash your pumpkin and preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

Next, you should cut your pumpkin into manageable pieces, much like cutting a watermelon or cantaloupe. It does not matter how big or small these pieces are as long as they are easy for you to hold and scoop from later.

– Once you’ve cut your pumpkin, remove the pith (center) and seed from each piece, and place on a cookie sheet with the skin side up. Make sure your cookie sheet has edges or find another pan that you can fill with ¼ inch of water.

Once on the sheet, place in your oven and bake, uncovered, for one hour or until the pumpkin is tender. You will know it is done when you can easily insert a fork into the center and the skin is soft. Once the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and mash the insides to make a puree.

Voila! That is it! Now you have your own pumpkin puree that you can add to just about anything. From waffles to pies, to soup and muffins, you are ready to take this season head on. If cooking your own pumpkin seems like too much, you can always come visit our farm and try one of our many eats and treats to get your fill of pumpkin this year!