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.
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.
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.