Several Ways For
Cooking Pumpkin

There are several ways for cooking pumpkin.

We are not talking about your jack o lantern pumpkins but those nice pie pumpkins.

Pumpkin pie is one of my favorite pies but pumpkin can be used in other recipes or just plain all by its self with butter and salt and pepper.

Pumpkin has lots of flavor and will compliment any dish.

But cooking it can be a challenge if you haven’t done it before. So where do we start?

Pumpkins can be cooked by baking or boiling you just have to prepare it differently depending on your cooking method.

For using in pies I like to bake the pumpkin. It reduces the moisture in the pumpkin which I like if I am using it for baking pies or cookies.

Cooking Pumpkin

To bake you’ll want to slice your pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds.

The seeds are great to roast for a salty snack so save them in a bowl for later.

Slice the pumpkin into quarters after you remove the seeds.

This will help the pumpkin cook quicker.

Place the squash quarters onto a cookie sheet and cover with aluminum foil.

Bake at 350 degrees F until tender about 20 to 30 minutes.

Poke with a fork to check for tenderness. When the fork slides through the pumpkin easily it is done. Do not over cook.

The pumpkin quarters can be served with butter salt and pepper for a nice side dish. To use the pumpkin for cooking pies and cookies, let the quarters cool to the touch.

Use a spoon and scoop out the cooked pumpkin and throw the skins away into your compost pile. Mash the cooked pumpkin and use for your baking needs.

For cooking pumpkin in a steamer or pot you’ll want to cut the pumpkin into chucks.

After you remove the seeds from the pumpkin cut it into manageable pieces and remove the skin.

Place the cubes of squash into a steamer or pot with a few inches of water.

Bring to a boil and gently cook the pumpkin until it is tender about 15 to 20 minutes. Do not over cook or it collects lots of moisture.

The cooked pumpkin can be frozen for later use.

Place cooked pumpkin into 1 quart freezer bags and label.

Lay your bags flat and place into the freezer. Pumpkin can be frozen for 6 months to year.

To use, just thaw and use just like canned pumpkin in your favorite soups, pies and cookies.

Other types of winter squash can be prepared using the same method.

Leave Cooking Pumpkin and Go To Vegetable Recipes

Return to Everyday Vegetable Garden