It is Pumpkin season in the northern hemisphere, and although I am currently residing in the southern half of the globe, I want to join in! I love pumpkins! I find them such beautiful creatures, especially the blue or grey varieties. I bought a little orange guy in my local market because it looked so cute. Today, we will be tackling the issue of “canned pumpkin.” For the longest time, I had no idea what existed inside those mysterious cans of pumpkin (were they sweetened? did they contain the infamous pumpkin spice mix?)… Then, one day, the international foods aisle landed in my supermarket. In the American section, I found the secret I had so long been perusing in my brain… Canned pumpkin is exactly that. Pumpkin. In a can.
It was a shock to the system to say the least.
Needless to say, I returned the can to the shelf, smug in my newfound knowledge and excited to be able to participate in all the American recipes that call for “1 cup canned pumpkin” etc. This tutorial is for anyone without access to pumpkin in a can, for those who balk at the idea of putting it into a can in the first place, or for those who enjoy looking at photos of pumpkins. I know I do.
Onwards! First, a picture story of the process. Scroll to the bottom for the condensed version! 🙂
–Go ahead a cut up as much pumpkin as you’s like. Mine came out to just under 2 cups of roughly diced pumpkin cubes. Cut into large wedges, remove the skin and then chop it up.
–Whack it in a saucepan with about 1 cup water and boil it pretty hard until the water reduces and you can easily smush it with a fork.
–To puree it, either carry on fork-smashing it, or alternatively use a spud masher, like I did. It makes really short work of that pumpkin!
—Store it in whichever container you have handy. I love jars and am forever trying to find new jars and new things to put in my jars.
There you have it! Your very own quantity of pumpkin puree to use in all the abundance of pumpkin-themed recipes that are currently swamping the internet. You’re welcome.
What will you be using yours for? Mine is going straight into a maca smoothie tomorrow morning, yum. Also probably muffins!
Peace and Light