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Freezing Pumpkins

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Freezing pumpkins allows you to use them as an ingredient throughout the year. When thawed, the pumpkin can be used in many recipes like pies and soups. This is a guide about freezing pumpkins.


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July 22, 20061 found this helpful

Selecting High-Quality Pumpkins:

Leave pumpkins on the vine until they are fully mature and are vibrant orange in color. They should appear firm and have a hard outer skin. Leave 1 inch of the stem on when you harvest to make pumpkins easier to handle.

Preparing for Freezing:

Wash pumpkins and cut into quarter pieces or smaller for cooking. Scrape out the seeds with an ice cream scoop. Steam, bake or cook in boiling water until fully tender (45 to 60 minutes depending on size of pieces). Wearing gloves, remove hot pulp from the rind and mash with a potatoes masher or run it through a hand-cranked strainer.

Freezing Method(s):

Boilable Bags:

Pack warm pulp into 1-pint boilable freezer bags. Add butter and seasoning, if desired. Seal. Cool, pat bags dry and freeze.

Dry Packs:

Pack cooled pulp in suitable containers leaving 1/2 inch of headspace. Seal, label and freeze.

Suitable Packaging:

Freezer containers should be moisture and vapor resistant and should not be prone to cracking or breaking at low temperatures. Containers should provide protection against absorbing flavors or odors and should be easy to label. Suitable packaging for freezing asparagus includes freezer-grade plastic bags, rigid plastic containers or glass containers and heavy-duty aluminum foil.

Maximum Storage Time:

10 to 12 months at 0 F.


Defrost pulp in the refrigerator or microwave, or reheat in boilable bags.


Prepare and freeze winter squash varieties using this same method.
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December 11, 2009

Here are some tips for freezing and using pumpkin.

By Dorty from SA

*Potjie pots are cast iron Dutch ovens from Africa.

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November 18, 20121 found this helpful

Can I freeze uncooked cubed pumpkin?

By Rosie

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November 18, 20120 found this helpful

No because it going to be hard to cook it.

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November 18, 20120 found this helpful

And it will be rough.

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By 0 found this helpful
October 29, 2004

My husband and I bought some extra pumpkins for this Halloween season. We carved one but will use the other others to eat. Of course we'll roast the seeds.

Does anybody know what is the best and easiest way of cooking a pumpkin so that I will have pumpkin puree/mix for future pumpkin pies?

I plan on packaging and freezing extras and using them for pies in the future. Methods of cooking and duration of cooking time tips would be greatly appreciated.

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November 4, 20040 found this helpful

thanks everybody for your great tips!

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December 2, 20040 found this helpful

I wouldn't use carving pumpkins for things like pumpkin pie. The flesh is really too tasteless. The best for pumpkin pies, etc, is a sugar, or pie, pumpkin. Cut in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy bits and place cut-side down in a baking dish and bake at 350 until the flesh is soft. Scoop out the pulp to use. I've found that one average-size pie pumpkin will yield enough puree for 2 pies, or the equivalent of 2 small cans of pumpkin. Good luck!


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November 3, 20060 found this helpful

Has anyone ever used a regular carving pumpkin?

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October 20, 20080 found this helpful

You should make pumpkin doughnuts with an apple cider glaze! It sounds gross but they are really good! I don't know the recipe but I am sure that you can just type it in to google!

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November 26, 2007

Does anyone know if you can freeze those little miniature pumpkins and reuse them as decorations again next year? I bought two dozen of them and hate to throw them away. I've had them outside and they still seem to be ok.

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November 26, 20070 found this helpful

If you tried freezing them, and then thawed them out, they will turn to mush.

If you see that they are in good condition, you can cut them open, remove the seeds and boil them until they are soft like squash and make pumpin pies and bread.

Why don't you make some pumpkin bread and share it with family, friends and neighbors.

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November 29, 20070 found this helpful

She's probably talking about those mini ornamental pumpkins which you cannot make any food out of to my knowledge. You can't freeze them either. We used to grow them in the garden and I just kept them in a basket as a decoration for as long as they'd last. They do last quite a while but eventually will start getting soft and even moldy and then it's time to pitch. I used to keep gords and the mini pumpkins long after the Fall so just enjoy them for as long as you can.

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September 15, 20080 found this helpful

Not sure about freezing them, but here's a fun way to extend their use. After Thanksgiving spray paint them white, stack them up and decorate to look like snowmen!

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November 3, 20080 found this helpful

I think freezing would retain too much moisture and damage the "tissue" of the pumpkin. BUT, has anyone tried to dry them on low heat or some other way, maybe like gourds?

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

Can you freeze whole pumpkins?

By Ellen

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

I guess you can, but whole pumpkins take up lots of freezer space. It would make sense to remove the seeds and rind, cube the flesh and pack in freezer bags.

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July 11, 20110 found this helpful

You probably can, but they would be soft and mushy when thawed. I have allowed whole pumpkins to freeze under the porch for my chickens and brought them in over night to thaw (in a bucket), so I cannot say how they taste. The chickens seemed to enjoy them though! If stored correctly, pumpkins will keep a long time without needing to freeze.

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June 5, 20120 found this helpful

How do I freeze pumpkin?

By Stephanie G

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June 21, 20120 found this helpful

Peel pumpkin, cut in cubes, blanch in boiling water and drain all the water and fill in freezer bags or airtight containers, use when needed.

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November 22, 20140 found this helpful

Can you eat pumpkin that has been frozen in the field and brought home to make pies?

By Steve

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November 15, 20140 found this helpful

I have some pumpkins that froze outdoors. Can I still cook them and freeze them?

By Julie B

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