Friday, November 18, 2011
What to do with that pumpkin...
Many of you might have leftover pumpkins from Halloween, or your garden. Well, this is what I did with mine...
I had a few smaller pumpkins, so I found it easiest to cut them in smaller pieces and then clean them out with a knife and spoon. If anyone knows an easier way to clean out a pumpkin...please share! :)
And, here's my pan full of pumpkin...I put a little bit of water in the pan to prevent the pumpkin from sticking and burning.
We have chickens, so I took all of the seeds out to soak in salt water and then fed the rest to the chickens. They love it.
I baked the pumpkin for about 40 minutes on 350. If your pumpkin is larger, you will need to cook it longer. You can check it with a fork to make sure it is soft.
Next, I scraped out the inside of the pumpkin and put it in my blender: I added just enough water to help it blend.
And here's the nice smooth pumpkin...
Now, I have an amazing recipe for pumpkin bars (that will be my next post) that uses 2 cups of pumpkin, so I measured out 2 cups of pumpkin and put it in a Ziploc bag to put in the freezer. This way when I want to make them, I can just take the bag out, thaw the pumpkin and use it in my recipe.
I haven't baked my seeds yet, they are still soaking on my counter. When I do, I will put them on a baking sheet sprayed with oil and bake at 350 for about 15-20 minutes--just until they are slightly browned. Then turn my oven off and let them sit in there while it cools. They are absolutely delicious!!