homemade pumpkin puree

baking pumpkinsI never thought I would make my own pumpkin puree.  For some reason I thought it would be tedious and not worth the effort.  I was wrong.  Last year I had several baking pumpkins that we didn’t carve for Halloween.  After Halloween was over I couldn’t just throw them out, so I tried making pumpkin puree.  It’s super easy and tastes so much better than the can stuff!

Pumpkin Puree

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cut the pumpkin in quarters and scoop out seeds and pulp.  Place pumpkins on a baking sheet and bake for 1 hour, or until tender.  Remove from the oven and let them cool slightly.  Remove the shell from the pulp and blend pulp until smooth.  (This puree freezes beautifully!)

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