Homemade Pumpkin Puree Tips
What can homemade pumpkin puree be used for?
You can use homemade pumpkin puree anytime a recipe calls for canned pumpkin, so feel free to use your homemade pumpkin puree in any of these recipes with canned pumpkin
. Similarly, if a recipe calls for homemade, you can use the canned stuff.
How else can you cook pumpkin to make puree?
When it comes to making homemade pumpkin puree
, roasting the pumpkin in the oven is the easiest method. If that's not your style, you can steam the pumpkin in a steamer basket on the stovetop. Cut the pie pumpkin into 4 wedges, with the fibers and seeds removed. Steam over 1 in. boiling water until the pumpkin is fork-tender, like you would other vegetables, for about 12-15 minutes. Otherwise, you can microwave pumpkin in a pinch. Put pumpkin halves, cut side down, in a microwave-safe dish and cook on high 7 minutes per pound.
How do you store pumpkin puree?
If you have leftover pumpkin puree
, you can store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. If you need a little more time, you can freeze any excess. Store leftover homemade pumpkin puree in zip-top bags in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can also freeze smaller portions in an ice cube tray. Once frozen, pop out the cubes and store them in a container or zipper bag. When you're ready to use it, defrost it in the refrigerator.—Lisa Kaminski, Taste of Home Editor
1/2 cup: 59 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 2mg sodium, 15g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 1g fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1 starch.