Pumpkin Recycling (To Roast or Not to Roast!)

Tawra Kellam

Peter Piper Picked a Profoundly Plump Pumpkin - Now what does he do with it?

Every fall I get many questions about what to do with pumpkins. Many people find curious fascination in imagining what it would be like to grow these versatile little gems, as if growing something that produces a large fruit is somehow more respectable than growing, say, a serrano pepper. Many people eventually venture into pumpkin experimentation. Some succeed and many fail. Much like a dog that chases a car, many people never give thought to what they would do if they actually succeeded in successfully raising a patch of these fall favorites. Whether you have found yourself with more pumpkins than you know what to do with or you are one of the people who had to buy pumpkins and duct tape them to the vine, these tips for roasting and using pumpkins are sure to help you make the most out of them (no matter how you acquired them)!

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How to Roast a Pumpkin

You can only do this with a freshly carved pumpkin! Do not use on a pumpkin that has been carved and sitting out for several days.

To bake a fresh 6 to 7 pound pumpkin, halve the pumpkin crosswise and scoop out the seeds and strings. Place halves, hollow side down, in a large baking pan covered with aluminum foil and add a little water. Bake, uncovered, at 375 for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until fork-tender. Remove. When cool, scrape pulp from shells and puree, a little at time, in food processor or blender. Mix with a little salt.

To freeze pumpkin puree. Put 1-2 cups in freezer bags along with spices and use in pies.

To use pumpkin puree for recipes: Line a strainer with a double layer of cheesecloth or a flour sack dish towel and let the pumpkin sit to drain out the extra moisture BEFORE cooking with it. Pumpkin is very moist, so in order for your recipe to come out correctly, you MUST strain it.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Boil seeds in water for 5 minutes. Drain well. Sprinkle with salt or seasoned salt. Place a thin layer on a cookie sheet. Bake at 250 degrees F. Stir after 30 minutes. Bake 1/2-1 hour more or until crunchy.

*Squash seeds may also be used.

Pumpkin Smoothies

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup milk or vanilla yogurt
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp. nutmeg
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar
  • 4 ice cubes
  • whipped cream (optional)
  • sprinkles (optional)

Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into 2-3 glasses. Serve with a small amount of whipped cream on top. You may also add orange sprinkles if you like. Serves 2-3.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar, packed
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 1/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup nuts, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp. vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups milk

Combine ingredients. Stir just until moistened; batter may be lumpy. Heat griddle or skillet over medium heat; brush lightly with vegetable oil. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto hot griddle; cook until bubbles begin to burst. Turn and continue cooking 1 to 2 minutes. Serve with Pumpkin Maple Sauce and nuts.

Pumpkin Maple Sauce

  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 1/4 cups pumpkin

Mix together until well blended.

About The Author: In 5 years, Tawra Kellam and her husband paid off $20,000 personal debt on an average income of $22,000 per year. Tawra is the author of the frugal cookbook Dining On A Dime. Dining On A Dime has over 1200 recipes and tips to help you eat better and spend less. For more free tips and recipes visit her web site at http://www.LivingOnADime.com/

October 25, 20070 found this helpful

Found that first boiling the seeds in very salty water until seeds turn gray, and then roasting allowed for the salt to penetrate the seed. Quite delicious.

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October 25, 20070 found this helpful

I'm going to try that pumpkin smoothie, thanks!

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October 25, 20070 found this helpful

I'm going to try that pumpkin smoothie, thanks!

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October 29, 20070 found this helpful

Pumpkin soup is delicious and very easy to make. It's quite a common meal here in Australia.

Microwave or steam the pumpkin till it's soft enough to mash with a potato masher (or blend with a little water, depending on the consistency you like). Then add a can of chicken soup, add salt and pepper to taste, and serve with a dollop of sour cream.

Some people like to add a dash of curry powder to spice it up.

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