Back To Basics- How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

In another fabulous Back To Basics article, Hello Creative Family shares how to roast a pumpkin and make homemade pumpkin puree! Fill your freezer!

Tis the season for pumpkins, and all the delicious baked goods and foods that come with pureed pumpkins! Pumpkin pie, pumpkin loaf, pumpkin soup, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin pancakes… do you want me to go on? Seeing that it’s pumpkin season, I thought today I’d share with you another Back To Basics post, this time on how to make homemade pumpkin puree!

I don’t know how it is where you live, but at this time of year it’s quite common to see big bins of sugar pumpkins (sometimes also known as pie pumpkins) at the grocery store. Sugar pumpkins are about half to 1/3 the size of your traditional “jack o lantern pumpkin” and are known for having a sweeter flavor and a firmer flesh (aka less watery) which makes them great for baking with.

Around this time of year I like to stock up on sugar pumpkins, roast them, puree them, measure them out in freezer bags and freeze them for instant pumpkin all year long. One of the things that I love about making my own puree is that I know every single ingredient that is going into it– pumpkin, water and maybe a bit of coconut oil. It has no filler or preservatives and that’s something that I’m trying to reduce as much as possible in my family’s diet.  

I also love how convenient it is.The active time of making pureed pumpkin is minimal, and it makes your house smell like fall! I’ll usually do a couple pumpkins at one time, pre-measure the puree and freeze it. It’s so convenient to be able to reach into the freezer and grab out a bag of pumpkin when I’m craving a bowl of warm, curried pumpkin soup. I know I never kept cans of pumpkin on hand in my pantry so this convenience is a big win for me.

In my experience you get about 4 cups of pumpkin puree from 1 sugar pumpkin. I can usually find them here for 3 for $5.00. I’ll be honest, I’ve never bought canned pumpkin before, so I don’t know how much it runs, but 12 cups of pure pumpkin puree for $5.00 seems like a great deal to me. 

So let’s get to it and teach you our Back To Basics How To Make Pureed Pumpkin recipe! Read on!

Back To Basics- How To Make Pureed Pumpkin recipe

Ingredients:

-1 sugar pumpkin

-1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (optional)

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400F.

2. Wash pumpkin well, then cut in half and scoop out pumpkin seeds and pumpkin “guts”.

3. Lay pumpkin, flesh side down, on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet. 

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4. Bake for 30 minutes.

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 5. Remove tray from oven. Check that the pumpkin skin is a beautiful burnt orange color and can easily be pierced with a knife. Flip pumpkins so they are skin side down and baste with melted coconut oil.

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6. Cook for another 30 minutes or until pumpkin flesh is soft and can easily be scooped from the skin. 

7. Allow the pumpkin to cool, scoop out the flesh and put in your blender (we use a Blentec in my house). Add 2 tablespoons of water and blend, stopping blender to scrape down sides as needed. 

8. Use in your favorite recipes and/or portion into freezer bags and freeze for upcoming months.

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Prep Time
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Cook Time
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Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 10 min
Ingredients
  1. -1 sugar pumpkin
  2. -1 tablespoon melted coconut oil (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400F.
  2. Wash pumpkin well, then cut in half and scoop out pumpkin seeds and pumpkin “guts”.
  3. Lay pumpkin, flesh side down, on a parchment or foil lined baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes.
  5. Remove tray from oven. Check that the pumpkin skin is a beautiful burnt orange color and can easily be pierced with a knife. Flip pumpkins so they are skin side down and baste with melted coconut oil.
  6. Cook for another 30 minutes or until pumpkin flesh is soft and can easily be scooped from the skin.
  7. Allow the pumpkin to cool, scoop out the flesh and put in your blender (we use a Blentec in my house). Add 2 tablespoons of water and blend, stopping blender to scrape down sides as needed.
  8. Use in your favorite recipes and/or portion into freezer bags and freeze for upcoming months.
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Check back next week when I’ll share my super moist and delicious pumpkin bread recipe using this pureed pumpkin!

Don’t forget to check out our other fabulous Back To Basics Recipes!

Now that you know how to make homemade pumpkin puree, head on over and learn how to make homemade chocolate chip pumpkin muffins and bread

I want to try making these. I love how they give you all the skills to cook/bake from scratch and make it easy! "Better than Starbucks" may have been used to describe this bread by our friends. ;) The best Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe EVER! Moist and delicious! (also makes great Mini Pumpkin Muffins!)

Tell me… What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe? Have you ever made your own pumpkin puree before?



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'Back To Basics- How To Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree' have 6 comments

  1. December 8, 2015 @ 2:32 pm Anne Taylor

    This is so amazingly simple! I will never buy canned pumpkin again! (I promise) lol Thanks for this, very much!

    Reply

  2. January 15, 2016 @ 3:31 am Hannah

    How simple is this!! I could actually try this and now go in scared I’ll mess up LOL Thanks for sharing!

    Reply

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  5. October 14, 2016 @ 11:18 pm Ann @ SumoGardener

    Thanks, Crystal. I and my daughter have just made it yesterday.

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