Steamed Pumpkin for Pumpkin Pie

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READY IN: 50mins
YIELD: 2 pies
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Cut the pumpkin into manageable pieces, then cut off the rind.
  • Cut the pumpkin flesh into pieces that are the same size.
  • Remove all seeds and stringy bits.
  • Steam the pumpkin pieces over water for about 20 minutes.
  • It doesn't take long until it mashes up under the pressure of a fork.
  • Empty the pumpkin pieces into a colander, and toss the pumpkin as you would when you drain pasta.
  • Prepare to toss and drain this pumpkin from time to time, for about a day and a half. There seems to be a lot of water that continues to seep out. (Additionally, you could put the pumpkin into a dish towel, and squeeze it, if you are not sure you have got as much water out as possible.).
  • At a certain point, not much water comes out.
  • You can reheat the very mushy amount (which yields only about 3 cups!), and add your pumpkin pie spices (clove, cinnamon, allspice, ginger). The spices will be more intense if you blend it all when the pumpkin mash is warm.
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