Cooking Fresh Pumpkin

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Cooking Fresh Pumpkin
Thu, 10-07-2010 - 12:32am

Cooking fresh pumpkin

Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).

Cut pumpkin into small manageable pieces and cut off pith and seeds. Place cut pumpkin skin side up in a large roasting pan. Add 1/4 water and bake uncovered for 1 hour or until tender. Remove from oven and allow pumpkin to cool.

When cooled, cut away skin and mash or puree. Use in any recipe that calls for canned pureed pumpkin. Note: Smaller pumpkins are best for cooking, yielding sweeter and more tender flesh than the very large pumpkins. A 5-pound pumpkin will yield about 4 1/2 cups of mashed, cooked pumpkin. One can of pumpkin, 15 to 16 ounces, yields about 2 cups of mashed pumpkin.