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What to do with extra pumpkins?

maxmillan Nov 23, 2012 02:27 PM

I have 4 medium-sizes whole pumpkins. I plan to make soups and even a facial peel cream out of it. What else can I make? Can I cut it up into cubes and freeze? Is it better to cook it first before freezing? Can I purée it raw and freeze? Or, again, do I need to cook it first before freezing?

I will roast the seeds for me and my hamster.

  1. firecooked Nov 23, 2012 07:43 PM

    Cook then freeze.

    1. DuchessNukem Nov 23, 2012 09:04 PM

      I've got a 10# orange pumpkin and a 20# pink (Porcelain Doll) to deal with. I've already got pumpkin vodka infusing from a previous, smaller pumpkin; I'll use some of these two for a pumpkin-bourbon.


      I'm going to roast or crockpot most of these two and package small in the freezer. Soups, pumpkin sauce for pasta. I will leave some cubes raw in case my friend REALLY likes his pumpkin booze gifts.

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        escondido123 Nov 23, 2012 09:42 PM

        Pumpkin and ricotta ravioli or crespelli with either a Gorgonzola cream sauce or brown butter with sage.

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          maxmillan Dec 2, 2012 01:04 PM

          Thanks for the tips. Crockpot and ravioli it is!

          1. Bacardi1 Dec 2, 2012 03:29 PM

            DEFINITELY cook - whether by steaming or roasting - before pureeing & freezing. Do it raw, & you'll end up with a watery mess when you want to use it for something.

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              maxmillan Dec 3, 2012 10:06 PM

              I made a fantastic chicken and pumpkin chili. I also made a huge pot of chicken soup with pumpkin. With the same pumpkin I had also made a curry soup and a pumkin pie. One pumpkin down, two more to go.

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              1. re: maxmillan
                wattacetti Dec 4, 2012 10:06 AM

                For a whole pumpkin, I've tried a "citrouille magique", which is effectively a pumpkin stuffed with sweet potato chunks, pumpkin chunks, bread and a whole lot of cheese. It comes out as a thick soup.

                You could always see if a neighbor has a trebuchet lying around to see how far you can hurl one.

              2. shanagain Dec 4, 2012 07:11 AM

                When I was roasting mine for pie I thought that they'd be great cubed and tossed with olive oil, rosemary and whole and chopped garlic, then roasted.

                Also, I had leftover puree and stirred some into pancake batter, which was delicious, and thought it'd be great in muffin batter as well.

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                  magiesmom Dec 4, 2012 07:14 AM

                  cook them but be aware that many pumpkins, especially large ones are pretty flavorless and may need a lot of seasoning.

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                  1. re: magiesmom
                    jvanderh Dec 4, 2012 09:24 AM

                    I agree. Jack o lanterns make stringy, watery, tasteless pumpkin. You may get something worth eating if you cook it down a lot.

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