Do you know how to cook a pumpkin? Well, I didn’t. When our diet changed from processed to whole foods. It never occurred to me that you could actually make your own pumpkin puree.
Peeling a pumpkin and then cooking it just did not make sense to me. Plus, it sounded quite time-consuming. So, I thought about it, and decided that the easiest way to cook a pumpkin was to cook it whole.
How to Cook a Pumpkin
Wash off your pumpkins and then place them whole on a cookie sheet. If they are pumpkin-pie sized, then 3-4 will fit on your baking sheet.
Bake them at 350 degrees for about an hour. They should be firm, but not mushy. Allow them to cool for a couple of hours before slicing.
I peel them whole, slice them open and scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Then, I slice up the pumpkin pieces for other uses. I cook them for pumpkin puree and pumpkin butter. I also place large chunks in ziplocks in the freezer for later use. I use this technique for all squash to save it through the winter and sometimes even into the summer.
Have a larger pumpkin?
With the larger pumpkins, you will need to get out your large knife and slice them before placing them in the oven. I also have cooked much smaller pumpkins, baked them and then placed them whole in a Ziploc in the freezer. This way, I have plenty of organic pumpkin without a can for the whole year!