Here are tips on how to clean a pumpkin for cooking—plus five delicious pumpkin recipes!
First, scrub the outside of the pumpkin with a vegetable brush.
Cut the pumpkin in half and use a spoon to scrape out the fibers and the seeds. A serrated grapefruit spoon works great for this.
Cut the pumpkin halves into smaller pieces, then place them skin side up in a shallow baking dish.
Add water to just cover the bottom of the dish, and cover tightly.
Bake in a 325ºF oven until the pumpkin is fork tender. The time will vary depending on the size of your pieces.
Let it cool, and then either cut off the peel or scoop out the flesh.
TIP: For pumpkins that you're not cooking right away, keep them cool but not quite as cool as root crops. If you have a coolish bedroom, stashing them under the bed works well. They like a temperature of about 50 to 65ºF.
Pumpkin Cookies: When you purchase a pumpkin for your Halloween jack-o-lantern, buy an extra one and make these light-yellow cookies.
Pumpkin Pancakes: For a tasty twist on the ordinary, try our seasonal pancake recipe.
Pumpkin Nutmeg Knots: A prize winner in The 2010 Old Farmer's Almanac Pumpkin Recipe Contest.
Pumpkin Harvest Soup: Savor this savory soup on a cool autumn evening.
Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Pie: Who doesn’t love pumpkin pie? Bake this award-winning pumpkin pie from our Blue Ribbon Recipes Cookbook!
Find more pumpkin recipes in our archives.
TIP: Eating pumpkin pie may encourage sleepiness!