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How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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Sometimes the pumpkins you grow in your garden aren’t big enough to be your Halloween jack-o-lanterns, so what should you do with all of those pumpkins?  Make homemade pumpkin puree!  It’s so easy to do and it can be used to make lots of yummy recipes!  It’s awesome for making delicious pumpkin desserts!

Give me five minutes and let me show you how to do it!  (And stick around — at the end of the post I’ll share a few of my favorite pumpkin puree recipes!)

How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

homemade pumpkin puree

When pureeing our homegrown pumpkins, I sliced them in half horizontally, removed the seeds, and put them guts-down on a baking sheet with foil on it (prepped with cooking spray).

homemade pumpkin puree

Once you have done that, just bake them for about 20-25 minutes, then scoop the insides out of the skin. You will end up with a nice bowl full of pumpkin smush.  Next, use a hand mixer or food processor to puree the pumpkin.

homemade pumpkin puree

You can put the excess pumpkin puree into a freezer storage bag, press out the extra air, and seal it.  Then just toss it in the freezer!

homemade pumpkin puree

Now that you have made all of that pumpkin puree, what should you do with it???  Here are a few ideas from my recipe box!

Pumpkin Recipes

Pumpkin Pie

We do not wait for Thanksgiving for pumpkin pie!  We usually have it several times in the fall.

pumpkin pie

Pumpkin Bar Cake

These yummy pumpkin bars are so good with my amazing cream cheese frosting!

pumpkin bars

Spiced Pumpkin Cupcakes

These delicious spiced pumpkin cupcakes don’t even need frosting!  Just sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top before baking!

spiced pumpkin cupcakes

Pumpkin Pecan Soup

This pumpkin pecan soup is warm, smooth comfort food you definitely want to try now that cooler weather is here!

pumpkin pecan soup

Also, be sure to check out my post with the best pumpkin desserts to make in the fall! 

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe?  Tell me!  I want to know!

See you next time!


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