Easy Ways to Bake, Roast, and Purée Pumpkin
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Another way I cooked pumpkins is by boiling them. It seems quicker, but you need to drain well or the pie comes out with too much moisture.
Each has it own flavor. My wife likes boiled pumpkins for her pies while I think baked gives the pie a more robust flavor.
I love any squash . This year I tried a small pie pumpkin in my air fryer. 24 minutes and done . Made my bread and loved it . Happy Fall everyone
This is my second year of growing Jack o Lantern. I have an old carpet on top of my compost bin that is still maturing. I start a pumpkin seed indoors in a large pot with holes in the bottom. Once the frost has passed I sink the pot through the hole in the carpet with the rim just above the carpet. The compost provides warmth, nutrients, and moisture for the whole season. Only very occasionally do I have to water it. The carpet keeps the fruit off the soil.
This Almanac article suggests you can use the same pumpkin to carve and to make into puree. Actually, the puree pumpkin is smaller, round and better in texture and flavor; while the carving for decoration pumpkin is more like a gourd - fibrous and poor in flavor. You should not recommend eating the large jack 0 lantern pumpkins.
We have used the jack-o-lantern pumpkin for both with no noticeable difference either. I suspect the jack-o-lantern ones may get more spray than the pumpkin pie variety though...
I've been cooking my jack-o-lantern after using it as a Halloween decoration for years; it makes great pies, cakes, breads, soup, etc. and I've not had any complaints about it. I have grown pie pumpkins too and haven't found any difference in flavour or texture.
Thank you for your comment. We’ve edited the article to make it more clear that folks should be using pie pumpkins!
In the baked pumpkin recipe it says to put the pumpkins in the dish skin-side up not flesh-side up. Why is that? Wouldn't the flesh of the pumpkin burn if the skin sides were up? Thank you.
Hi, Teko. Some recipes call for the skin side up, some call for skin side down. Here you are cooking the pumpkin in a covered dish, which essentially steams the pumpkin. The skin will not burn.
When it came time to harvest and cook my pumpkins/winter squash I'd split in 1/2, clean, place upside down in a roaster pan on a rack with water underneath to steam cook, comes out soft, cooked and yummy