Peter, Peter, Pumpkin Eater

white pumpkin

I got this pumpkin for free the day before Thanksgiving.  I was going to use it as a table centerpiece for our Thanksgiving dinner but I used some beautiful roses instead.  I ended up putting the pumpkin by the door.  After Thanksgiving was over I began to think about what to do with it.  I have no idea what kind of pumpkin it is but I figured it could be eaten since I got it at a grocery store.

pumpkin chunks

So I cut it up into chunks and took out the pulp and seeds.  The inside was a light orange color and it smelled kind of like watermelon.  I roasted the pumpkin in a 350 degree oven for 1 hour.  I let it cool off and I put the meat of the pumpkin in the food processor and processed it in to puree.

pumpkin puree

Then I bagged it up in freezer bags so I could put it in the freezer.  There is 2 cups of puree in each bag which is enough to make 4 pumpkin pies!!  Or pumpkin bread. Or pumpkin soup.  Or whatever your heart desires to make with it!!

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Then I rinse the pumpkin seeds and got all the pulp off and placed them on a cookie sheet to dry overnight.  Add about 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil and some salt to the seeds.  Roast them at 250 degrees for 1 hour and you will have a wonderful snack too!!

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