How to make Pumpkin Puree

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or What to do with your uncarved Halloween Pumpkin!

There are sweet pumpkins especially developed for making pies, but I use the ones that my local grocery store sells in October.

Knock off the stem. Cut the pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds and stringy insides. Rinse the seeds for roasting later. See below.

Slice the scraped pumpkin into large pieces that will fit onto a jelly roll pan or a cookie sheet with a lip.  Place them pulp side down. Add a couple of tablespoons of water to the pan.

pumpkin pieces

Bake at 325 degrees for an hour. The pumpkin will be soft to the touch when done. Let it cool.

peeled pumpkin

Peel the skin off which should be very easy. Take a handful of pumpkin at a time and pulse it in a blender until it's creamy, smooth.


Fill containers that are big enough to hold the amount of the puree you'll be using at one time. A pumpkin pie will need 2 cups which a 3lb pumpkin should yield. The puree will be well preserved for several months in the freezer.


Toss the rinsed pumpkin seeds in a bowl with olive oil to lightly cover and garlic salt. Spread in a single layer on a sheet pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. The edges will be golden brown when done.

Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins A & C. Potassium. Beta-carotene and antioxidants.

But most of all they taste great. As Alton Brown would say, "they're Good Eats!"

Comments (13)

Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

Too tempting and I would need to buy a pumpkin first. But what a clever idea to make the most use from all those pumkins. Pumpkin soup would be good.

Nov 13, 2019 01:57 PM
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

 Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 ~ Better grab one before they're gone! And you are right, pumpkin soup is heavenly. I add roasted pumpkin seeds as an accent on top.

Nov 13, 2019 03:03 PM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Suzanne Strickler thanks for the instruction on making delicious pumpkin puree.

Nov 13, 2019 03:26 PM
Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE
KLSM CPA Firm, PLLC - Houston, TX
Strategic Accounting & Tax Solutions

Hi Suzanne - Pumpkin seeds are one of my favorite fall snacks! I wasn't aware of they were load so many vitamins, thanks for sharing! 

Nov 14, 2019 07:42 AM
Suzanne Strickler
Realty Mark Associates - Havertown, PA
School is never out for the Successful.

 John Pusa ~ I've been doing this for many years. It never disappoints.

Krystin Mitchell, CPA CFE ~ They also have a bunch of minerals that we need a little bit of like manganese, copper and zinc. My dogs like them too.

Nov 14, 2019 09:26 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

This is timely information to share. I will schedule a reblog.

Nov 14, 2019 09:51 AM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Suzanne Strickler, saw your recipe on a Roy Kelley reblog.  Thank you, Suzanne; the recipe seems so easy and my family and me love pumpkin. I have been in love with pumpkin seeds since I was a first grader and found I really enjoyed stopping at the little corner store on my way to school.  My little penny enabled me to purchase my little box of salted pumpkin seeds -  so good!

Nov 19, 2019 09:12 AM