How to Get the Most Food Out of Your Pumpkin
Posted on Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 at 7:00 am
This is the time of year when people purchase pumpkins from the grocery store. A pumpkin can be carved into a jack-o-lantern for Halloween. Don’t forget that pumpkin is a really healthy food that contains fiber, beta carotene, and potassium. Here are some ideas that will help you to get the most food out of your pumpkin.
How to Use a Whole Pumpkin
Cook the Pumpkin in a Crock Pot
If you get a small “pie pumpkin” you can slow cook it in your crock pot. All you need is water, and a little bit of time to do some basic preparation. Wash the entire outside of the little pumpkin. Remove the stalk. Cut the entire pumpkin in half. Remove the seeds and pulp and set those aside for now.
Cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces and place them into your crock pot. The Happy Housewife blog has step-by-step details on how long to cook it, at what temperature, and how to tell when it is done. Each step has a photo. When it is all done, you will want to remove the pumpkin from the outside part, and puree it.
Roast the Pumpkin Seeds
While you are waiting for your pumpkin to finish cooking in the crock pot, you can start roasting pumpkin seeds. It is easiest to remove the seeds from the pulp if you do it right away before it dries. Put the pumpkin seeds on an oiled baking sheet, sprinkle with salt, and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted. It takes about 25 minutes. Let them cool before you eat them. Roasted Pumpkin seeds are a tasty, and healthy, snack.
What to do with the Pumpkin Puree
* Freeze it in an ice cube tray to make individual servings of baby food.
* Mix some of it into a batch of pancakes.
* Use the fresh pureed pumpkin to make a pumpkin pie, (instead of buying canned pumpkin).
* Blend a little pumpkin into a smoothie. Jamba Juice makes fruit and veggie smoothies. There isn’t any reason why you cannot make them at home.
* Add some pumpkin into baked goods like muffins, cupcakes, or bread
* If you are feeling adventurous, mix some pureed pumpkin into mashed potatoes