How do you prepare a fresh pumpkin?

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Registered: 11-13-2008
How do you prepare a fresh pumpkin?
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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 3:04pm

I bought a sugar pumpkin at the pumpkin patch (only $2) and want to try making pie, pastries, etc.  with it on Thanksgiving.  Anyone have any suggestions on how to prepare it to be used in cooking?

I also bought a Kabocha squash for only a $1.  They said that it's great to steam first, and then you can mash it, it's sweeter than other squash.  I'm anxious to try it this week!

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Registered: 04-08-2008
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 3:20pm
I've never tried it this way, but my friend gave me a suggestion about this just the other day. She said she scoops out all the goop/seeds, cuts the pumpkin in half, and puts it upside down in a shallow dish filled with water. Then she puts it in the oven and cooks the pumpkin until it is soft enough to scoop out the "meat". Then she puts it in the food processor the make pie, etc. I want to give it a try!

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Registered: 11-13-2008
Wed, 10-30-2013 - 1:42pm
Thanks for the tips! I think it will be fun to try, and it's not like there is any pressure to make sure it comes out perfect ;)

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Registered: 01-25-2000
Tue, 11-05-2013 - 4:14am

So what did you end up doing with the pumpkin?  Did you get some in the freezer or make pies?

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Registered: 02-27-1999
Thu, 11-07-2013 - 2:29pm

You can also boil the pumpkin, but the oven method is best.  After you scoop the meat out, put it in a bowl in the microwave with a paper towel and nuke it to reduce the water content in it.  The more water you can cook out of it, the more "pumpkin-y" it will taste.

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