I’ve always wanted to make my own homemade pumpkin pie, and by that I mean fully homemade. Cook my own pumpkin, and try to do it as organically as possible. Now I’ve actually developed quite the system for boiling baking pumpkins.
You will need: 3 medium baking pumpkins yield 6 cups of pumpkin puree.
Cut pumpkins in half and scoop out the inside. Make sure all the gunk is cleaned off the slides.
Peel the pumpkins with a peeler. Cut off stems. Make sure you go over with a peeler twice just to get to the flesh.
Cut up pumpkin. Not into small piece just large chunks.
Boil the pumpkin for about 8 minutes, or until tender. But not so tender they’re completely breaking apart.
Strain pumpkin and let cool.
Place in bowl and squish with fork, place into blender, I use my Ninja.
( a magic bullet or anything to turn it into a puree would work)
Brandy Byrne says
I, too, have always wanted to make one from scratch but didn’t really want to look up how. I had assumed it would be a very arduous task and just not worth the time. But you make it look and sound so simple I will have to give it a try for Christmas dinner.
W Wangen says
This is way easier than what I’ve been doing! Thanks!
oops. meant inspiration.
Thanks so much for sharing this. We have been working on improving our diet this year. We have started buying as much organic fruit and vegetables as we can. I’m always looking for inspirtation.
Sounds pretty easy thanks, although I thought the pie pumpkins were the white ones.
Julie M says
My suggestion is next time save yourself some arm work and try this. cut the pumpkins in half and scoop out the guts and seeds. rub the flesh lightly w/ oil and put them cut side down and a baking sheet w/ sides that has been lined w/ foil to make clean up easy. Pop them into a 350 oven for 45-60 min or until you can easily fork through the skin. allow to cool and then scoop out the meat. puree as before. Sometimes you will have more liquid to strain off, but I find that if you are going to freeze the puree it is better to strain after you thaw it out, the liquid will separate and be easier to strain. I have been making pumpkin puree like this for years, who needs to buy can when fresh is this easy. 😀
Plus by baking instead of boiling you don’t lose as many of the nutrients into the boiling water.
Tabitha P says
interested, I am not a big pumpkin fan but My husband likes it, I just may have to try this!
Thanks.. I never could figure out how to get it like that in the can.
If you can them or freeze the puree it can last upwards of 8 months.
I too thought it was so time consuming but it was actually simple. The flavor is wonderful, and better than anything that’s canned! At least in my opinion.
Tamara B. says
I have always wanted to make my own pumpkin pie filling but thought it was going to be back breaking and too time consuming. Your instructions are so easy to follow and right now pumpkins are cheap! If you can it how long it is good for, do you know? Thank-you so much for posting this!
awesome, now what is the recipie to amke it into pumpkin pie? I want to amke my own too!
Kelly C. says
Thank you for posting this! I have had such a mental block about using fresh pumpkin! This is incredibly easy! How was the flavor? Better than canned?
Amazing!, I’m not a fan of messy things, but looks like the mess wasn’t actualy that bad.
Owen's Mom says
Looks good! We always make our own pumpkin puree (we have a whole farm field full of them this time of year!)….and I stock my freezer. I hate peeling though, so I usually bake them till soft and do a bit of scooping. This way we can enjoy a good pumpkin cream stew or pumpkin muffins any time of year.
I like this way of cooking pumpkin! We always cut them in half, clean them out and stick the halves open-side down on a cookie sheet and bake them…then spoon out the flesh and blend it afterwards. I think this would save energy by not having the oven on so long to bake-I’ll have to try it! 🙂
Christine M says
Very neat the last time we made HM pumpkin we had to steam it or bake it til soft then peel out the inside. But the pumpkins were HUGE so it took a ridiculous amount of time even with 10 ladies.
Doreen Riopel says
That’s it! I’m coming to live with you….please? lol
Thank you SO SO much for this.
seems too easy!!