How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree From Pumpkins

EASY Step by Step Instructions on how to make Fresh Pumpkin Puree from Pumpkins!  You can use any type of pumpkin for this.  Pumpkin Puree can be used in cooking and baking year round!

So you know I love pumpkins.

You know I love baking and cooking with pumpkin too (lots of pumpkin recipes!).

So if you grow your own pumpkins, or will be getting a pumpkin in October  to decorate your house with, you can use that pumpkin for much more than making your home extra beautiful (pumpkins are lovely, they brighten up everything).  You can also eat them!   There is delicious pumpkin puree waiting for you inside every single pumpkin wishing you would cut it open and scoop it into brownie mix.  Trust me, they tell me this.  My pumpkins talk to me, what they don’t talk to you?  

Pumpkin puree is so easy to make! The hardest part is the emotional attachment of cutting your pumpkin in half.  I always tell myself I’m going to be strong then I end up almost crying and taking goodbye pictures with it.  I always always talk to my pumpkins during this process, I just want them to know it’s going to be ok when I cut them up and put them into the oven to bake then process them until it’s smooth.  

So what pumpkins are the best for pumpkin puree? Some will say to only use Sugar or Pie Pumpkins due to their taste and ease with desserts.  But I have found that practically any pumpkin makes good puree. I do this to our Jack-O-Lanterns that can fit into my oven and I don’t find there is a big taste difference at all.  So I say try them all and see if you prefer one of the other. I will use them all! 

So let’s go.. pumpkin puree party!  Let’s make this!   Once you have fresh pumpkin puree, you will glare at the can on the shelf at the store.  Fresh pumpkin is bursting with flavor!  Pumpkin puree can be frozen beautifully up to a year! So when you decide to make a pumpkin casserole in February, you just open up your freezer and you got it covered.  Pumpkin puree, you are the best. 

There’s one other thing I wanted to quickly say about this. Like I mentioned in this post in making applesauce, I have a Weston food strainer and it’s changing my life.  For this specific post I am using the pumpkin/squash attachment. I ended up buying the whole set of attachments because I decided I needed them all in my life.    If you are into making sauces, purees, baby foods, jellies, salsas, mashed potatoes, juices etc you will fall madly in love with it. Seriously. It just makes everything smoother. If you do not have a food strainer, don’t worry, I also included instructions in the recipe box on how to use your food processor/blender instead. 

EASY Step by Step Instructions on how to make Fresh Pumpkin Puree from Pumpkins!  You can use any type of pumpkin for this.  Pumpkin Puree can be used in cooking and baking year round!


EASY Step by Step Instructions on how to make Fresh Pumpkin Puree from Pumpkins!  You can use any type of pumpkin for this.  Pumpkin Puree can be used in cooking and baking year round!

Pumpkins… you guys are magic. These 3 guys have been staring at me waiting for their pumpkin puree moment.   Well pumpkins, it’s that time.


The first cut is always the hardest.  It’ll be ok little pumpkin, I swear.

When you cut up the pumpkin you will notice lots of seeds and strings. There are 2 ways to go about this:
If you are using a food strainer, don’t do anything.
If are you not using a food strainer, get a spoon and get all the strings/seeds out.  Set the seeds aside for later if you are going to to make roasted pumpkin seeds (yum). 


Take your pumpkins and put them face down in a pan.  If you are doing multiple pumpkins, rearrange so they can fit best. You might have to use more than one pan as well.


Then fill up the pan with about 1/4 inch water.

Into the oven they go for 1 hour…


When they come out you will see they appear soft now, sometimes the pumpkins even get indented and “fall in”.  Totally ok. Good job pumpkins, you made it through the hot part.


The pumpkins will be very hot, as well as the remaining water in the pan so be careful.  When you flip the pumpkins over you will see the insides are very soft.


Soft pumpkin is going to make some awesome pumpkin puree.


Now let me re-introduce you to my Weston Food Strainer. The strainer is great because you can get different attachments for it, such as sauces, salsas, grapes, berries and pumpkin. This is the pumpkin attachment.

If you do not have a Food Strainer, you can make Pumpkin Puree too! With a spoon remove all the inside strings and seeds, set aside. With a spoon remove the pumpkin and put into a food processor. Turn the food processor on and pulse until you have smooth pumpkin. Then use or freeze accordingly. 


For the strainer, I cut the pumpkins up into smaller pieces and then start to crank the handle for the pumpkin to go down into the strainer. What comes out one side is the most beautiful, perfect pumpkin puree. Keep cranking until you have no more pumpkins left.


What comes out the other side is the strings and seeds.  The strainer does the hard work for you! This is my favorite part because one of my least favorite kitchen duties is to spoon seeds and strings out of pumpkin, it takes forever.  But the strainer takes that hard work away!   When all the strings, seeds come out, I will run this through the strainer about 2-3  more times just to make sure there’s no pumpkin hiding in there.


You are left with a bowl of seeds, which I sure hope you are going to roast because they are one of my favorite snacks ever!


And you will have giant bowl full of fresh pumpkin puree.  I got about 5 cups out of this which is a fair amount as 2 of them were small sugar pumpkins. 


The puree is super smooth. Good enough to just take a spoonful and eat right the



High 5 on making some fresh puree. The canned puree really can’t even try to compete with this freshness. And let me tell you, it makes the best pumpkin pies..


Pumpkin puree freezes beautifully up to a year.  I like to put it into 8 oz bags or 15 oz bags because recipes usually always call for one of these. I also put some into a mason jar to go into the refrigerator so I can cook with it in the next few days.  

Pumpkin away friends! Have fun!

How to Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree
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Ingredients
  1. Pumpkins - Any Variety
With Food Strainer
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half.
  3. Put pumpkin face down in pan. Fill pan with 1/4 inch water.
  4. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool.
  5. Cut the skin away from pumpkin, it should almost pull right off. Disregard skin. Cut pumpkin into chunks.
  6. Run pumpkin through food strainer, you will then have pumpkin puree.
  7. Use or freeze accordingly.
Without Food Strainer
  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half. Scoop the guts and seeds out. Disregard the guts, save the seeds to make roasted pumpkin seeds later on if you'd like.
  3. Put pumpkin face down in pan. Fill pan with 1/4 inch water.
  4. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool.
  5. Cut the skin away from pumpkin, it should almost pull right off. Disregard skin. Cut pumpkin into chunks.
  6. Put pumpkin in food processor or blender and pulse until it becomes puree.
  7. Use or freeze accordingly.
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