How to cook pie pumpkins

Every year my kiddos head to the pumpkin patch for a field trip for school. Every year they bring home a pie pumpkin. We deocorate it, then it gets thrown out after Halloween. This year we ended up with five of those pumpkins and I just could not bring myself to pitch them out. I decided to try cooking them. I found this method at They had three methods – baking, boiling, and microwaving. I chose the baking method. It worked great and the house smelled wonderful.

What you need:

  • Sugar(pie) pumpkin

What to do:

1. Cut the pumpkin in half and remove the stem.

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2. Clean out the seeds and stringy pulp. (You can save the seeds and roast them. See how to here.)

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3. Place the halves, face down, in to a shallow baking dish and cover with foil.

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4. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) oven for about 1½ hours for a medium-sized sugar pumpkin, or until tender.

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5. Once the baked pumpkin has cooled, scoop out the flesh and puree or mash it.

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Store in the refrigerator until needed in a recipe. You can substitute it for canned cup-for-cup. I added 1/2 cup to our pancake batter with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon. The pancakes had a very mild pumpkin flavor. Try these delicious recipes from Camp Mommawatchi  -Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cookies and Pumpkin Pancakes.

Amber Tincher and Amy Leckrone

Co-founders of Camp Mommawatchi

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