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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Pumpkins Are Good For Eating Too!




Around this time of year the stores sell lots of pumpkins. While most people use them for decorating, I get excited that I can cook and eat it. My son went to a pumpkin patch the other night with his youth group and got a pumpkin. He carved it but the pumpkin fell apart.He wanted to have some fun and smash it but I said no way I am going to cook it. The pumpkin above is a new one that we bought to carve tonight.

 Cooking pumpkin is very easy. First wash the pumpkin and scoop out the seeds. Put the seeds and goop in a bowl to toast later(I will teach you how in another blog post.).Then slice the pumpkin in half and place each half in a roasting pan with 2 cups of water. Bake the pumpkin at 350 for about 1 to 2 hours,turning the pieces over half way through. I sliced the pumpkin into more pieces when I turned it over to fit in the pan better. The pumpkin is don when it is dark orange and soft.





When the pumpkin is down let it cool. I put mine in the fridge for a couple hours as I did not have time to tend to it. Then peel off the skin, it will come off very easy with your hands. Place the cooked pumpkin in a strainer and with a clean bowl push it down to squeeze out the water.  Put the pumpkin in the fridge to use later or freeze in 2 cup portions. This pumpkin is not good for pies or other sweet baked items as it is too watery. I use this pumpkin in soups or casseroles. It also tastes great with spinach and cheese. I just take 1 pound fresh spinach and 2 cups pumpkin and then microwave for 3 minutes. Sprinkle shredded cheese,salt, and pepper on top. Pumpkin is high in vitamin A and fiber.


Tomorrow, my son will carve his other pumpkin and the I will have seeds to show you how to toast them. I found a way where you leave the goop on the seeds and toast them on the stove top. The result is a seed that is more crispy and easy to chew.

8 comments:

  1. "Pumpkin Season" is my 6 year old son's favorite time of year!

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  2. I have a yummy pumpkin recipe we make every halloween. It's basically a casserole inside a pumpkin. You scoop the pumpkin flesh out with the casserole. So good!

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  3. OK, I never knew how to cook a pumpkin, this makes it sound easy! Thanks for sharing.

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  4. I have never cooked a pumpkin and have always wanted too. This looks so good. I would freeze some for making muffins during the winter too.

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  5. I love cooking pumpkins! But I've never had it with spinach & cheese before, I'll have to try it.

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  6. I've never cooked a whole pumpkin before! I might this year now!

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  7. MMMmmmm....pumpkin!!! I so love it, but my husband hates it, so it's hard to reason why to bake. Maybe I'll make something for the neighbors and have to taste test it!! ha/ha

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  8. I never knew how to cook a pumpkin before, now I can definitely try this! And using it in soup sounds yummy, thanks for sharing :)

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