Pumpkin Pie: How to Choose Pumpkin AND Make Pumpkin Puree
Here I am going to give you some advice on what types of pumpkins will taste best in a pie and when you finally get that pumpkin how to make puree and freeze it. Much better than a canned pumpkin pie.
From Women’s Health
Pumpkins pies have the texture of custard and is also delicious. My family, ever since I was a little girl, we have had a pumpkin pie on Halloween AND Thanksgiving.
Some people buy canned pumpkin. Some canned pumpkins come with spices and some come plain and you add your own spices.
If buying pumpkins for pies, don’t buy those huge ones you make a jack o’ lantern out of . These are grown for their looks not taste, they look wonderful carved but you aren’t going to have a tasty pie. It is more going to be grown for its heartiness as jack o lanterns.
A good pumpkin to choose are white lumina pumpkins, which are absolutely delicious or the sugar pie varieties. I would go to a pumpkin patch or farm, you might have to take a half hour drive or so, but it is worth it. The farmers will tell you which ones are sugar pies. You can always ask the farmer or employees which pumpkin they have that are the most delicious.
Whenpicking a pumpkin for pies, make sure they are firm to the touch and has no soft spots. Avoid pumpkins that have no stem because that could mean it is starting to rot.
If your outdoor temperature where you live is staying in the lower 60s, the pumpkins could stay on your porch for as long as it doesn’t get frosty. This means you don’t have to gas up the car and go for a pumpkin then come home and make it that day. The reason for this is they can stay outside in the low 60s and the longer you let them sit the sweeter they will get.
Mini pumpkins also make a great pie! Don’t disdain them because they are small. Buy a few and get lots of pumpkin puree which I am going to tell you how to make it next.
Make pumkin puree
Cut pumpkin in half, seed it and put it in a steamer basket cut side down. Cook about 15-20 minutes or until tender.
When it is cool to the touch and you can handle it without burning yourself, spoon it out and put in puree mode in a food processor.
Freeze in portions you will need for pumpkins.