On The News Today: Pumpkins

I read on the news today that pumpkins will be available, but not canned pumpkin. Because the ornamental Halloween pumpkins are grown in a different state than the squash that they call pumpkin for selling in cans. There was flooding that wiped out Libby´s, basically.

So here is a secret if you did not know.

You can cook any sort of pumpkin.

Just carve it up after removing the seeds and pulp, and then cook the large pieces. Scrape the cooked pumpkin from the shell and squeeze out excess moisture, or, if you are lazy, put it in the fridge overnight and let the excess moisture fall to the bottom of the container so you can drain it off.

Then puree it.

Use as canned pumpkin. The color will not be as bright. The taste will be so close that some extra cinnamon will do you right.

Want it for Thanksgiving? Freeze the puree in baggies. No problem.

Don´t listen to people who talk you out of a food source. Ornamental pumpkins? Never heard of them. Mine are all for pie.

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4 responses to “On The News Today: Pumpkins

  1. Me too. If you want a little more flavor, add a cooked sweet potato.

  2. Butternut squash, Hubbard squash, acorn could be reasonable and near color substitutes.

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