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Which Pumpkins are Best for Eating?Sugar pumpkins or pie pumpkins taste the best. They’re a little sweeter and less stringy than those you carve for Halloween. When planning your garden, consider planting the following to use in your favorite pumpkin recipes.
- Baby Pam
- New England Pie
- Winter Luxury
- Gurney’s ®
- Big Max
How to Freeze Fresh Pumpkin
Step 1: Quarter pumpkins by cutting in half and then cutting each halve in half
Step 2: Scoop out seeds and save them for toasting or frying, remove strings attached to pumpkin flesh
Step 3: Place pumpkin halves skin side down in baking pan. Add about ¼” water to the pan, cover and bake for 1 hour at 300° F or until flesh is easily pierced with knife
Step 4: Uncover and let pumpkins rest until cool enough to handle
Step 5: Remove pumpkin flesh from skin and cut into 2 - 3” pieces
Step 6: Puree in food processor until smooth or freeze pieces as is depending on what pumpkin will be used for
Step 7: Let pumpkin cool before placing in freezer bags or containers. Measure precise amount of pureed pumpkin and label each bag with amount and date frozen. To freeze pieces of pumpkin, place on a cookie sheet uncovered and pop into the freezer. When frozen, remove pumpkin pieces from cookie sheet and pop into freezer bags, label and date. This method allows you to remove as much or as little pumpkin from the bag as you like and return the rest to the freezer for later use.
What are some of your favorite pumpkin recipes?