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Much like Lucy's information. A few tips!
Sat Aug 26, 2017 11:10am

A sugar pumpkin is about 8 to 10 inches in diameter and usually has a darker orange exterior compared with jack-o’-lantern pumpkins. Its flesh has more flavor and is also denser and drier than that of bigger pumpkins, so it will take less time to cook.

1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 375 degrees. Place pumpkin halves cut side down on parchment paper–lined rimmed baking sheet. Roast until the flesh can be easily pierced with a skewer, 45 to 60 minutes. Turn halves over and continue to roast 30 minutes longer. Scoop flesh from skins and puree in a food processor until smooth. Drain puree in fine-mesh strainer set over bowl for at least 1 hour.

2. To test consistency, pack puree into a small drinking glass and unmold it onto a plate. It should slump gently toward base but otherwise hold its shape. Loosen as necessary with drained liquid, or return puree to strainer and continue to drain it if it is too loose. Puree can be refrigerated for up to four days or frozen in an airtight-container with parchment pressed on its surface for up to two months. You can substitute this puree for an equal amount of canned product.

Perfect Puree

To be sure your homemade pumpkin puree is the proper consistency, pack it into a drinking glass and then unmold it onto a plate. It should slump slightly at its base.

  • pumpkin recipes needed!!!Vera, Fri Aug 25 8:57am
    I cannot get canned pumpkin in Germany. At least not readily available in the grocery stores. I buy the actual pumpkin in autumn and make soup from it. I do that. I make soup and freeze it. But it... more
    • Much like Lucy's information. A few tips! — Anita , Sat Aug 26 11:10am
    • Absolutely! I prefer real pureed pumpkinLinda P and Bear (RIP) and Max in OH, Fri Aug 25 6:57pm
      to the canned stuff. I like the texture and taste better. I discovered this when I moved to the Boston area as a newlywed, and could find pie pumpkins at the roadside stands. Not sure exactly what... more
      • cans usually give the ouncesLucyR(Ozzie's Mom), Sat Aug 26 12:42am
        I think that you could just extrapolate to your pumpkin puree and weigh it out for your recipe. We have the Half Moon Bay pumpkin festival every year and there are pumpkins as far as the eye can see. ... more
        • good idea on the ounces, Lucy. In fact, I thinkLinda P and Bear (RIP) and Max in OH, Sat Aug 26 4:45pm
          I think many european recipes use weights rather than cups. When our German exchange HS student went home after a year with us, she packed measuring cups from here so she could make our recipes at... more
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