How to Cook a Pumpkin

Sunday, October 20, 2013 Posted by Aleksandra Nearing

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It is pumpkin and squash season!  We have been waiting for this time of the year with anticipation.  Last year I made my first homemade pumpkin pie and the recipe was a hit.  We also experimented with green fairy tale pumpkins, white pumpkins and pie pumpkins.  I baked the pumpkins, then stored in the freezer.  We added them to our daily fruit/veggie smoothies and used them in baking.

This year, we added a Jarrahdale pumpkin to the mix, which I am told is very popular in Australia.  I can't wait to try a pie with it!

Start with a nice pie pumpkin and cut it in half.  Seed the pumpkin.  I have a helper who is very good at this!

Rinse your seeds and remove the pumpkin "meat," then spread the seeds out on a dish towel to dry out.  You can roast them later and try this easy roasted pumpkin seeds recipe.

Cut your pumpkin into fourths.  Place in a shallow dish and fill with about 1/2 inch of water.

Bake until cooked through at 350 degrees.  The time will depend on the size of your pumpkin.  If I have a small pie pumpkin, I often bake it in an 8 by 8 dish in my toaster oven and it takes approximately 30 minutes.

Let cool and then scoop out with a water melon baller or spoon.  Use as desired!

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  1. Tammy said...

    I have never tried cooking a pumpkin! I should...I need to get brave about trying new things in the kitchen! :)

  2. Kristi Maloney said...

    I actually have cooked a pumpkin - very similar to the way you did and it was great in muffins. We love the seeds too. It's so nice that it came right from your garden!

  3. JDaniel4's Mom said...

    We have never tried to cook a pumpkin before. I need to try it.

  4. Stacy Rushton said...

    A couple of years back, we were living in Kuala Lumpur where large pumpkins are hard to come by. My husband went to Singapore on a business trip and came home with a great big one, suitable for making a jack-o-lantern but it said, "pie pumpkin" on the side and cost a fortune. I cut the pumpkin to use him as a decoration just the evening of Halloween, then roasted him in the oven and saved the flesh. We ate frozen pumpkin in muffins and cakes and pies for ages! A win-win, I thought.

    Your helper is adorable!

  5. Leandrea at Coupons Are Great said...

    I have a pie pumpkin in my kitchen that I need to cook. Thanks for the how to! Do you have a pumpkin pie recipe too that uses homemade pumkin?

  6. alissa apel said...

    We grow them, so we cook them this way a lot.

  7. karenmed409 said...

    Have not cooked a pumpkin before, always wondered if it was easy to do, love the step by instructions.. Thank you for sharing.

  8. Patty White said...

    You make it look so simple. I've always been afraid to try, but with your pics for help, I'm going to try it!!

  9. mail4rosey said...

    That's a good idea to freeze the baked pumpkin. We didn't do one thing w/pumpkins this year (except carving for the holidays). That's highly unusual for us! I love pumpkin items, esp. ravioli and pumpkin bread. :)