Pumpkin Pie: How to Choose Pumpkin AND Make Pumpkin Puree

published by jennifer eiffel01 on Sep 14, 2012

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.

15 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. # 1 by norlaw
    September 14th, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    Great share pattiann

  2. # 2 by Kai Vicky
    September 14th, 2012 at 8:46 am #

    Well, I don’t like pumpkins. So, not for me I’ll say.

  3. # 3 by Kharla Jolly
    September 14th, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    I will definitely do this, very soon. Thanks for a wonderful share, something I didn’t realize or know.

  4. # 4 by Robin L
    September 14th, 2012 at 9:05 am #

    Great share, Pattiann:)

  5. # 5 by FastWriter680
    September 14th, 2012 at 9:12 am #

    hmm. pumpkin is my Favorite.

  6. # 6 by stevetheblogger
    September 14th, 2012 at 9:37 am #

    Great article and it is hard to believe that it is that time of year again
    Best Wishes

  7. # 7 by Donnah Clark
    September 14th, 2012 at 11:03 am #

    I wonder if the reason I don’t like pumpkin is because i did not develop an acquired taste for it growing up…I had never eaten pumpkin until I moved to the States….I’m an apple pie gal! People have been offended when I tell them I don’t like it, pumpkin is so very much part of the culture here and the last thing I want to do is offend anyone.

  8. # 8 by lauralu
    September 14th, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I am making a lot of pies this week good ideas thanks ^_^

  9. # 9 by lauralu
    September 14th, 2012 at 4:48 pm #

    I am making a lot of pies this week good ideas thanks ^_^

  10. # 10 by Tulan
    September 14th, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    I like pumpkin pie but my favorite is pumpkin sauce with home made buttered biscuits.

  11. # 11 by herjave01
    September 14th, 2012 at 5:32 pm #

    Pumpkin = Halloween for me. :D Although we don’t have halloween celebrations here (Or we do, it’s just that we do it differently), I always wanted to make jack-o-lanterns.

  12. # 12 by Martin Kloess
    September 14th, 2012 at 6:55 pm #

    Well written, thank you. And thank you for your support.

  13. # 13 by shefaliarora
    September 15th, 2012 at 1:33 am #

    Great share pattiann

  14. # 14 by elee
    September 15th, 2012 at 4:34 am #

    Thanks a lot for this :)

  15. # 15 by gaby7
    September 15th, 2012 at 11:59 am #

    Pumpkins are a delicacy in my part of the world

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