Homemade pumpkin puree in a jar and fresh diced pumpkin.

How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree 

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Homemade pumpkin puree is an essential ingredient. It can be used to make pumpkin pie, muffins, cakes, scones, or any baked goods you prefer. 

Can I Use A Regular Pumpkin For Puree

Sugar or pie pumpkins are used to make pumpkin puree. Sugar pumpkins are smaller and a little sweeter than other types of pumpkins. Additionally, sugar pumpkins have a smaller amount of water compared to other pumpkins. 

I typically use locally sourced pumpkins to make pumpkin puree. Since these are not sugar pumpkins, it is possible to use another type of pumpkin to make a puree.

How To Make Pumpkin Puree Using The Oven

You can use the oven to make pumpkin puree. Roasting the pumpkin intensifies the pumpkins naturally sweet flavor. 

But the pumpkin puree will have a darker color since it is roasted. Additionally, it will take longer to cook. You may also have to remove some charred bits of charred pumpkin. 

To roast the pumpkin, program the oven to 400°F. Cut the pumpkin in half, then remove the seeds. Place it cut-side down onto a parchment-lined baking sheet. Roast the pumpkin for 40-60 minutes until the flesh is tender. 

Let the pumpkin cool for 1 hour. Peel the flesh from the skin, place it into a food processor and blend until it is smooth. 

Let the pumpkin puree cool completely. Use the pumpkin puree immediately or store it in the fridge. 

Homemade pumpkin puree in a jar and fresh diced pumpkin.

How To Steam Pumpkin For Pumpkin Puree 

You can also steam the pumpkin to make pumpkin puree. It is an easy way to make pumpkin puree. Cut the pumpkin into small 1-2 inch pieces and remove the skin. 

Place the pumpkin into a steamer and steam it for 30-40 minutes until it is tender. Remove the pumpkin from the steamer and let it cool for 20 minutes. Place the pumpkin into a food processor and blend it into a smooth puree. 

Tips For Making Homemade Pumpkin Puree

  • Cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces, so it cooks faster. 
  • Peel the pumpkin before you cook it. I cut the pumpkin into 2-inch pieces and peel them before cooking them. 
  • If your pumpkin puree is watery, place it into a fine-mesh strainer, and set it over a bowl. Let the pumpkin puree sit for 30 minutes. The excess water will drip down into the bowl, leaving you with a thicker puree.

Are Canned Pumpkin And Pumpkin Puree The Same Thing

Pumpkin puree and canned puree are used interchangeably in recipes. Canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree are the same ingredient. 

Is Pumpkin Puree Healthy

Pumpkin puree is extremely healthy. Pumpkin is loaded with healthy nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and fiber. 

These nutrients give pumpkins antidiabetic, antioxidant, and hyper-protective abilities. Pumpkins may lower blood pressure and help heal wounds. They may also prevent or delay cancer progression. 

Pumpkins can increase fertility, especially in men. They may also be used to treat prostate gland enlargement. Pumpkin also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial effects and may prevent ulcers.

How To Store Homemade Pumpkin Puree 

To store homemade pumpkin puree, let it cool completely. Place the pumpkin puree into an airtight container and place it in the fridge. The pumpkin puree will last for 1 week. 

How To Freeze Homemade Pumpkin Puree

To freeze pumpkin puree, let it cool completely. Pour the pumpkin puree into an ice cube tray. Freeze the pumpkin puree until the puree is solid. 

Place the pumpkin puree into a freezer bag or airtight container. Place the pumpkin puree in the freezer. The pumpkin puree will last 6 months. 

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How To Make Pumpkin Puree 

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Pumpkin puree is an essential ingredient, especially during the fall season. From pies to muffins, cakes, and bread, pumpkin puree is a staple ingredient in these delicious baked goods. 

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  • 2 small or 1 large pumpkin

  • 4 cups water


  • Cut the pumpkin in half. Remove the seeds using a spoon.
  • Peel the skin off the pumpkin and place it into a large pot.
  • Add the water and cook it over medium-high heat for 20 minutes until it is tender.
  • Strain the pumpkin puree and let it sit for 20 minutes to cool down.
  • Place the pumpkin puree into a food processor and blend until combined.
  • Let the pumpkin puree cool completely.
  • Use the pumpkin puree immediately or store it in the fridge.

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Nutrition Facts

12 servings per container

Serving Size0.5 cups

  • Amount Per ServingCalories15
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 0.1g 0%
    • Saturated Fat 0g 0%
  • Cholesterol 0mg 0%
  • Sodium 2mg 1%
  • Potassium 198mg 6%
  • Total Carbohydrate 3.8g 1%
    • Dietary Fiber 0.9g 0%
    • Sugars 0.8g
  • Protein 0.6g 0%

  • Calcium 13%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.


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