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.
Find more pumpkin recipes in our archives.
TIP: Eating pumpkin pie may encourage sleepiness!