Fresh Pumpkin Puree

Growing up, orange pumpkins were only meant to be carved and sit on the porch for Halloween. When Thanksgiving rolled around, we used a different kind of pumpkin that came out of a can and was baked into yummy breads, cookies, and pie. How was I to know that those orange Halloween pumpkins could magically turn into a beautiful and fresh version of the canned stuff I already knew and loved?

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At least I know better now. And it’s a good thing I found out before arriving in Switzerland. I would have been in for major disappointment when finding out it’s not sold by the can here. I did eventually find it in the specialty store, but I realized it’s not worth the extra money or effort to seek it out. Turns out I (and you!) can make better, fresher, and cheaper pumpkin puree. And you even get an added bonus: pumpkin seeds! 

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And to think, all you need is a pumpkin. 

Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree_1I guess a baking pan and oven might help too. Throw it in whole for about an hour at 375. 

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Take it out, cut it in half, and let it cool.  Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree_3

De-seed and de-skin.

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Purée! Make Your Own Pumpkin Puree_7

And that’s it my friends. 

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Get ready. 

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Pumpkin recipes are on their way. (and past ones are HERE to stay!)

Fresh Pumpkin Puree
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Cook Time
1 hr
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 1 sugar pumpkin
  2. 9x9 or 9x13 baking dish
  1. Preheat oven to 400F // 200C degrees.
  2. Put about an inch of water in the bottom of your baking dish. Place a whole pumpkin in the dish. Bake for 45 minutes to an hour, or until you can easily stick a fork in the pumpkin.
  3. Remove the pumpkin from the oven and cut it in half. Let it cool.
  4. Once cooled, remove the seeds into a bowl. De-skin the rest of the pumpkin and place it in a blender. Blend until you have a smooth puree. Store in the refrigerator in an airtight container for up to a week, or freeze in the freezer.
  1. Clean off the pumpkin seeds and bake for a crispy and healthy snack!
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13 Responses

    1. I’d say 2-3 cups, depending on your pumpkin size. Mmm I bet they will be good! Too bad we aren’t going to be there!

  1. You can’t get canned pumpkin in Denmark either! It’s so sad. So I really want to make my own puree this year. I had thought of first peeling it, then scraping out the seeds and cut it into chances. The boil the chunks, drain them and beln them. Phew, so hard. So I haven’t really pulled myself together and done it yet. Whoops
    This sounds so much easier! I have to try this method 😀 Thanks!

  2. That’s almost TOO easy not to make your own! I bet it tastes even better when it is freshly made. I even have a few sugar pumpkins sitting in my window sill right now as decorations. I’m going to have to cook those beauties up!

    1. haha that’s how I do it too…keep them as decor for a bit, then throw them in the oven and buy some replacements!

  3. I’m the same as you! The first time I ever used fresh pumpkin was a complete disaster! Luckily, practice makes perfect and now I also make homemade pumpkin puree…I love your gorgeous pics! That is pumpkin with a pop!

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