How to Cook a Pumpkin or Squash
- Ready In:
- 1hr 10mins
- THE EASY WAY: Wash outside of fruit, cut in half, scrape out seeds (save for roasting into snacks) and that stringy stuff, place halves face down on a cookie sheet.
- Bake at 300 (or so) until "meat" is tender; discard shells/skin.
- Use meat as called for in pie or cake recipe.
- OR mash or blend meat until very smooth (add a bit of water), heat in a soup pot, and then ladle into clean HOT jars, seal with canning lids, and process in hot water bath or pressure cooker. Label & use for pie filling or cake recipes.
- THE HARD WAY: Cut fruit into spears, remove seeds & stringy fibers, then using a paring knife or peeler, remove skins. Cut into large chunks and cook down in a soup pot to make pie filling or roast with other autumn vegetables (balsamic vinegar & sea salt make a nice marinade!).
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I've made this twice now. The first time I followed the temp setting and cooked for an hour. It came out really well because the pumpkin was just at the ripeness level to be cooked. The 2nd time I upped the temp to 350F. I cooked it for 1 1/2 hours. It was a bit less ripe than the first one. However, the extra 30 min made a difference :). The skin just peeled right off and the texture to make it puree was just right.
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