Pumpkin Puree Recipe

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

So you know I love pumpkins.

You know I love baking and cooking with pumpkin too (pumpkin cookies! pumpkin pie! pumpkin pancakes! pumpkin whoopie pies!)

If you grow your own pumpkins, or will be buying a pumpkin this season, to decorate your house with, you can use that pumpkin for much more than decoration. You can also eat them!  There is delicious pumpkin puree waiting for you inside of every single pumpkin wishing you would cut it open and scoop it into brownie mix

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

What Type Of Pumpkin To Use For Pumpkin Puree

What pumpkins are the best for making your own 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 often make homemade pumpkin puree with our Jack-O-Lanterns (that can fit into my oven) and I don’t find there is a big difference in flavor. So, I say, try them all and see if you prefer one type of pumpkin over another. I will use them all!

When choosing your pumpkin, do look for a pumpkin that is bright in color and has very little green spots or blemishes. Also, be sure to weigh your pumpkin to ensure you get the amount of puree you need for your pumpkin recipes. A 5-pound pumpkin should give you about 2 cups of puree.

So let’s go.. pumpkin puree party! Let’s make this! Once you have your own homemade fresh pumpkin puree, you will glare at the canned pumpkin puree at the store. You’ll never want to buy store-bought again! Fresh pumpkin is bursting with flavor! Pumpkin puree also freezes beautifully for up to a year! So when you decide to make a pumpkin casserole in February, you just open up your freezer and you’re covered. Pumpkin puree, you are the best.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

How Do I Make Pumpkin Puree?

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 I love it.  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 worryI also included instructions in the recipe card and below on how to use your food processor or blender instead. 

To get started, cut your pumpkin in half like you see in the image below.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

When you cut through the pumpkin, you will notice lots of seeds and strings. There are 2 ways to go about removing them.

If you are using a food strainer, don’t do anything.

If you are not using a food strainer, get a spoon and scoop all of the strings and seeds out. Set the seeds aside for later, if you are going to to make roasted pumpkin seeds (yum). You can also wait and scoop out all of the seeds and strings after the pumpkin is cooked.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

Now, take the pumpkin halves and put them face down in a pan. If you are doing multiple pumpkins, rearrange so they can all fit. You might have to use more than one pan as well.

Fill up the pan with about ¼-inch of water. Place them into your oven at 325 degrees F to cook for one hour.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

When they come out of the oven, you will see they appear soft, sometimes the pumpkins even get indented and “fall in”. This is totally okay.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

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

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

Now let me re-introduce you to my 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.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

If you do not have a food strainer, you can still easily make pumpkin puree too! After removing all the inside strings and seeds, with a spoon, remove the pumpkin from the skin and place it 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 pumpkin pieces left.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

And then 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 and 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.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

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!

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

And you will have a 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.

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

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

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

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

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

Can You Freeze Pumpkin Puree?

Pumpkin puree freezes beautifully for up to one year. I like to put it into 1 cup and 2 cup bags because recipes usually always call for one of these amounts. I also put some into a mason jar to go into the refrigerator, so I can cook with it in the next few days. So good!

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

I hope you like this Pumpkin Puree Recipe!

Recipes with Pumpkin Puree

Looking for pumpkin recipes? Try my pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin cookies, pumpkin chili and pumpkin hummus!

Did you make and love this recipe? Give it your review below! 👇 And make sure to share your creations by tagging me or using the hashtag #brooklynfarmgirl on Instagram!

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EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

Pumpkin Puree Recipe

EASY step-by-step instructions on how to make pumpkin puree from fresh pumpkins! Any type of pumpkin works and pumpkin puree can be used in cooking and baking year round! Use this pumpkin puree recipe for pumpkin cookies, pies, cakes, pancakes and more!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin puree recipe
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 49 kcal

Ingredients

  • Pumpkins sugar pumpkins are best for baking

Instructions

With Food Strainer

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half. Put pumpkin face down in pan. Fill pan with 1/4 inch water. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool.

  3. Cut the skin away from pumpkin, it should almost pull right off. Disregard skin. Cut pumpkin into chunks.
  4. Run pumpkin through food strainer, you will then have pumpkin puree.
  5. 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. Put pumpkin face down in pan. Fill pan with 1/4 inch water.

  3. Bake for 1 hour. Let cool.
  4. Cut the skin away from pumpkin, it should almost pull right off. Disregard skin. Cut pumpkin into chunks.
  5. Put pumpkin in food processor or blender and pulse until it becomes puree.
  6. Use or freeze accordingly.

 

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