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    Question Help with pumpkin for pies



    I got a really great price on pumpkins for pies but I have never made pumpkin pie except with canned pumpkin. How do I cook the pumpkin?
    If somebody could steer me in the right direction I'd sure appreciate it.

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    Here is a way to do up your pumpkins plus some recipes. This looks easier than the way I've been doing it. I usually cut the pumpkin into large sections, take out the seeds and then cut out the pumpkin part, cook it down until soft and then mash, put in freezer bags and freeze for future use. But this sounds easier in the fact that there is no hard cutting the "pulp' off the outside of the pumpkin, you do that after when it's soft:

    http://www.quinnfarm.qc.ca/recipes/pumpkin-e.html#puree

    Good luck and enjoy your yummy pumpkins!

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    Thanks Calico!

    Some of those recipes look pretty good too, so I might try something as well the pies.

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    Or you can cut your pumpkin in 1/2, top half/bottom half, remove the seeds, put it on a cookie sheet cut sides down (on sprayed foil if you hate washing those things as much as I do) and bake at 350 or so for 30 min or until tender.

    I prefer this method, otherwise it seems to watery to me.

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    Prepare fresh pumpkin
    Preheat oven to 325°F.

    Cut pumpkin in half crosswise. Place it in a baking pan shell side up and bake for about 1 hour or more depending on the size of the pumpkin. Bake until it is tender and starts to fall apart. Remove it from the oven and let it cool. Scrape the pulp from the shell and put it through a ricer or food processor.

    from http://www.gourmetsleuth.com/recipe_...chiffonpie.htm

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    Thank you Karen


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    Thanks for the link, Heather!

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    I do mine in the microwave. Cut in half and put on large plate with water. Cook on high for about 10 min. be sure there is water on the plate the whole time. Scoop out of pumpkin when soft and puree' in blender. I then put these in freezer bags and freeze for breads, pies, ect. Good luck which ever way you choose.

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    Thank you, the microwave sounds easy!

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