Cooking a whole pumpkin?
- The Oracle Nov 2, 2011 12:53 PM
Please pardon my ignorance on this - but: what do I do with a whole pumpkin?!
I bought a couple pumpkins, with the intent to carve them, but I never got around to it. They've sat on my doorstep for approx 2 weeks in a fair amount of sunlight and average 70 degree temps and have gotten considerably lighter (dried out, perhaps?)
Is there anything I can do with them (other than roast the seeds)? Can I cut it up and bake the flesh?
Or have I missed the window for doing anything with them and should just throw them out?
What type of pumpkin? I don't know whether the kind of pumpkins normally sold for jack-o-lanterns make good eats. I've cooked sugar pumpkins AKA pie pumpkins before though.
First thing - see if they're still good. Uncut pumpkins don't seem to spoil super quickly, but they aren't winter squashes that can sit around for months before using either. Cut em in half or else cut the tops off. See or smell anything disturbing inside? If yes, chuck em. If no, you're probably fine. You can then wrap the pumpkins entirely in foil. Then either roast em in a 200 degree oven overnight (~8-10 hours). Or roast em in a 350 degree oven for maybe an hour, hour and a half. Once done, you can scoop the flesh out of the inside and use that for baking like you would use canned pumpkin puree. If it's too moist, you may need to *gently* cook it down on the stove top before using.
My mom used to split them in half longways, take out the seeds and roast them in the oven face down on a cookie sheet. Not sure what kind they were, but were bigger than what I've seen sold around here as pie pumpkins. Made a tasty pie, though. If they don't look/smell spoiled, you could give it a try, see how they turn out and always pitch it if it's no good. Or feed the squirrels.