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    Cool Pumpkin Help Seriously Needed Here!!

    Since this was our first Halloween in this house, and we live on the corner of our cul-de-sac, I wanted to make the house look "fall-ish" and bought tons of pumpkins....now that I'm satisfied that everyone and their brother has seen my incredibly pumpkiny house (as though I care now.....) I'm left with the incredible pumpkins! (It's 'The Great Pumpkin' Deb) - feeling pretty froggie today - wonder what that means....

    I digress - how uncharacteristic.....

    I know I have a "recipe/tip" somewhere about how to bake(?) them or something and get all of the good "pumpkin meat" out of them to freeze - but I can't find it - I've been up for about 5 hours looking for this to no avail... ...I'm hoping one of you knows how to do this!! I'm kindda lost, it's been so long since we've saved them - I think Katie was a baby the last time!

    Thanks for any help in advance ~ I am up to my neck in pumpkins!!

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    What about making Pumpkin soup? Here's the recipe:

    Pumpkin Soup:

    1 med. onion, chopped
    1/4 c. butter
    2 c. cooked mashed pumpkin
    4 c. pumpkin cooking water
    2 heaping tsp. chicken soup base
    1 bay leaf
    1/2 tsp. sugar
    1/2 tsp. curry powder
    1/8 tsp. nutmeg
    1 T. dry parsley
    1 c. milk
    1 c. half and half
    2 tsp. salt
    Fresh ground pepper to taste

    Saute onion in butter till golden.
    Stir in pumpkin, water, chicken base, bay leaf, sugar, curry, nutmeg and parsley.
    Bring to simmer and simmer uncovered 15 min., stirring
    occasionally.
    The recipe called for pureeing in batches in a blender or processor.
    I didn't do this-it didn't need it IMHO.
    Add half and half in a thin stream, stirring while adding.
    Add milk in the same manner.
    Add salt and pepper.
    Simmer 5-10 min.

    Notes:
    The original recipe called for 1 lg. onion, sliced, and 3/4
    c. sliced scallions, white part only.
    It called for a 16 oz. can of pumpkin instead of cooking
    your own pumpkin. I cut off the peel of a volleyball sized
    pumpkin, scraped out the seeds, then cut the remaining stuff
    into approx. 1 inch cubes. I added water to about halfway
    up to the top of the cubes. I brought to a boil, then simmered
    slowly 45 min., stirring occasionally. I then removed the
    cooked cubes, reserving the cooking water. I mashed the cubes.
    To be honest, I didn't measure the pumpkin pulp or the pumpkin
    cooking water, but it looked to be the amount of pumpkin and
    water I mentioned above. The original recipe also called for
    4 c. chicken broth in place of the pumpkin cooking water and
    chicken base.
    The recipe called for 2 c. half and half, but I loked it
    just fine with milk and half and half.

    This is not my recipe. I had it saved in my favorites.

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    Deb, Lori just told me like last week that she cooked her pumpkins, because her kids onlydrew on them. She said she hollowed it out, put a small amount of water in them and baked them in a pan, she said that the skin just easily peeled off and she was left with great pumpkin "meat" for pies and things. I know when I make my sweet potato pies, I now bake the potatoes. Emeril ( my hero) says that boiling them cooks out all the nutrients. Not only that the skins just pop right off. I bet the same would hold true for a pumpkin.

    Good luck!

    Idea: since you are new to the neighborghood, why dont you make some new friends with small loaves of pumpkin bread or small plates of mini muffins? Just a thought, food makes people happy.

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    Robin's right, I just cut off the top, cleaned them out.. Baked them @325 til the meat was tender..... Them cut the cooked pumpkin in half and the skin just comes right off.... then puree' the pumpkin and freeze......... hth

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    Ok, I'm a wimp. I nuke mine upside down on a plate with H2O on it for about 10 min. until tender, then just scoop out the meat. Then I run them through the food processor. freeze in 2 ot 3 cup per baggie.

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    Here is my tip Deb:

    The best way I know to get the pumpkin meat out is to take a can opener, remove the lid and pour out of the can. HTH!!



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    I second Kathryn!!

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    Last time I did this I cut the pumpkins in 1/2, scooped out the seeds and stuff, then put them cut side down on a baking sheet. I have 3 I should do today. I might try the microwave!

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