pumpkin shortage? not for this gal!

ok, so granted – the pumpkin shortage is technically over, according to the news this week. but i still couldn’t find any pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin puree in the store. how am i supposed to make pumpkin whoopie pies if i don’t have pumpkin puree?! make my own, that’s how!

i bought a couple of pie pumpkins at the store tonight and thanks to the googles, learned how to make pumpkin puree. the finished product looks great! we’ll see how it tastes in a recipe, but it sure looks good! a special thanks to grandma for getting me a food processor for christmas last year – it stayed in the box for half of the year since my kitchen in cleveland was too tiny for any real cooking, but we’ve used it several times since moving into our house in lansing. love it!


step 1 – cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out seeds and stringy stuff, and rub canola oil on the cut edges


step 2 – place cut edge down in a roasting pan with 1 cup of water, and bake at 350 degrees for 90 minutes


steps 3 and then some (i didn’t photograph every step along the way) – remove from oven and place on a cutting board to cool until you can handle. then, scoop out the insides of the pumpkin and puree in a food processor or mash by hand. voila! some websites also suggested draining them to get it more to the texture you get out of a good old can of libby’s, but i skipped that step. one pie pumpkin even made the exact amount i need for my recipe; it will be a great feeling to say that i truly made them from scratch!

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About Liv

i have a lot of hobbies. i cook and bake – usually, from scratch. i paint, though not as often as I would like. i love to make pottery on the wheel, though this hobby fell by the wayside while I was in grad school. now that I’ve finished, I’m looking forward to potentially getting back into ceramics and devoting more time and energy to all of my hobbies. my mom got me hooked on refinishing garage sale or thrift shop furniture into beautiful, rich pieces for the home. and my true love is crochet – i love the feeling of achievement in taking a ball of yarn and a hook and turning it into a beautiful afghan or purse or set of coasters. in some way or another, all of these hobbies center around making things – thus, creation nation.
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One Response to pumpkin shortage? not for this gal!

  1. Anonymous says:

    That's my girl! Where there's a will, there's a way. And such satisfaction when you do it yourself!!Love you lots – Mom

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