This year, the pumpkin vines in our garden were extremely prolific and early. So as not to waste the pumpkins or store them somewhere until the time came for the Jack-o-lanterns, I decided to use some of them to make pumpkin pie filling from scratch. I will tell you this: It is VERY labor intensive so give yourself plenty of time. The good thing is that, once you prepare the filling, you end up with a big batch which will make several pies. I store my filling in zipper bags in the freezer and it works just fine.