How do you cook a pumpkin? I’m sharing how to roast a pumpkin, and some ideas on what to do with it and how we store it.
- Pie Pumpkin
What pumpkin is good for roasting? When you buy it at the store it’s called a pie pumpkin. When you grow it from seed there are a few different varieties. Look on the label and it will tell you if it’s a pumpkin for cooking or eating.
Start by cutting the top off of each pumpkin. You don’t need to worry about how straight or how low your cut is.
Scoop out the the middle section of the pumpkin and lid of the pumpkin.
You can reserve the seeds for baking and eating. You can also dry them out and save them for planting next year.
Here’s what they should look like after scooping them out. They don’t need to be perfect, and don’t forget to clean out the lid of the pumpkin as well.
Place the lids back on the pumpkin, and place the pumpkin on a foil lined baking sheet.
Place in an oven preheated at 350 degrees. Bake the pumpkins for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
When the pumpkins are done, remove them from the oven and place on a cooling rack.
Remove the lid of the pumpkin and let cook. As you can see in the photo, sometimes the lid flesh pops right out of the pumpkin shell.
To test that the pumpkin is done cooking, stab it with a fork. It should go in really easy. If it doesn’t, cook the pumpkin longer.
Scoop out the pumpkin flesh. It should come off the shell nice and easy.
You can eat it as you would other squash like acorn, spaghetti, butternut, etc. I like to place some in baggies and freeze it for use later.
What can you do with cooked or roasted pumpkin?
- We eat it with a little butter and salt.
- Add it to soups or chilis
- Add it to casseroles or hotdishes
- Make a pumpkin pie
- Make pumpkin soup
- Make pumpkin pasta, or dumplings
- Bake with it – add it to cakes, muffins, cookies
How To Roast A Pumpkin Easily Video
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