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Oct 1, 2007 08:34 PM

What should I do with the rest of my canned pumpkin?

I opened a 15-oz can of pumpkin to make muffins yesterday. Turns out I only needed 1/2 cup! So I have almost 3/4 of the can left- I suppose I could make another few batches of muffins to stick in the freezer, but does anyone have any other ideas? I'm partial to baking, but welcome all suggestions!

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    1. re: bookgrrl72

      I'm LOVING the idea of a pumpkin smoothie- and as I've got all those ingredients int he house, I'm very tempted to run and make one right now! But, I'm wondering about the texture- have you tried them yourself? Not too watery/grainy? Did you try it with milk or yogurt?

      1. re: sweet ginger

        When I've made pumpkin smoothies I've always used milk (soymilk actually) - it's not too watery. Good luck!

      2. re: bookgrrl72

        I made that pumpkin smoothie yesterday, and even after adding more and more sugar, vanilla, spices, it still was very thin and flavorless.
        Maybe adding vanilla yogurt with more sugar/body/flavor would help, but I'm not sure I'm going to try it again to be honest.

        1. re: laurendlewis

          Same exact thing here. It sounded so good but it was unbelieveably runny and bland. Im going to try to add syrup and dates/nuts next time.

      3. 3/4 cup should be enough pumpkin to do a custard or maybe that pumpkin "fluff" dip that everyone does around the holidays and serves with gingersnaps and fruit. I like to use it in oatmeal if I have any leftover from baking.

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        1. re: Mattkn

          I shouldn't admit this because it makes me sound so incredibly naiive, but I don't know anything about this pumpkin fluff dip. I have never seen a sweet dip provided for gingersnaps and fruit, but it sounds like fun. I'm baffled that I've never heard anything about this, but if you (or someone) could please give me some pointers about what to put in this stuff and what else you serve it with... that would be great!!! Thank you!!!

          1. re: ilovegobo

            Pumkin Fluff
            There are several out there and I'm at work so I will do the best that I can...

            1 can pumpkin
            1 pkg cream cheese (8oz? the large one) Rm temp
            Either 2 cups powdered sugar or maybe 1 cup of brown (I've seen it both ways, but my friend uses powdered) A can of sweetened condensed milk might do the trick as well.
            Maybe a tsp of vanilla
            Pumpkin pie spice to taste (I think my friend just mixes hers from the spices she has on hand and probably has a better flavor than just using pumpkin pie spice)

            The you just beat it all together until smooth. It shouldn't be too hard to spice it up to your liking...just think pumpkin pie!

            Serve with apples, pears, pieces of pound cake, gingersnaps, marshmellows, and graham cracker sticks. And you can jazz it up by scooping out a sugar pumpkin and serving the dip in it...

            1. re: Mattkn

              Mattkn! THANK YOU so much for passing this info along!
              This will be my big holiday treat to myself and my friends this year. Kind of a goofy thing to be excited about, I know...

        2. Add to pancakes or waffles, pumpkin cookies, and I love the idea of pumpkin smoothies. Yum!

          1. stir some into your morning oatmeal

            no-cook pumpkin 'pudding': warm it in the microwave, and whisk in equal part cottage cheese, ricotta, or greek yogurt; add pumpkin pie spice, sweeten with maple syrup or maple sugar, and top with chopped, crystallized ginger

            crustless pumpkin pie custards: whip up a batch of your favorite pumpkin pie filling [adjust the other ingredients to coincide with the amount of pumpkin you have], pour into ramekins, and bake in a water bath

            1. My dog always gets a spoonful of leftover pumpkin when I make muffins!

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              1. re: firecooked

                Canned pumpkin (not pie filling, regular) was a regular treat for the dogs I lived with in grad school because it was a good source of fiber and they loved it.

                1. re: Jeserf

                  Yes! Our dogs get a dollop of pumpkin in their evening kibble. They love it and it keeps them, uh, regular. 8>D