Ben and I went pumpkin picking with the UNC Kenan-Flagler partner group Kenan Connection. There’s this cute little farm in Raleigh, NC called “Page Farms” that we went to.
After an adorable and short hay ride from the farm to the pumpkin field, we arrived to a wide array of pumpkins. A lot of the kids and families that had attended ran for the larger pumpkins to carve, but Ben and I were on a mission to find the perfect pumpkins to puree.
We picked out the smallest pumpkins we could find! The first one we found immediately. It was in plain sight as soon as we got off the wagon. There were no weird bumps or lumps in it to be seen, and it was already removed from the vines.
The second one we had issues finding. We had to really go into the pumpkin patch and dig around a little. Once we found it, Ben, being the strong guy he is, manage to rip it away from the vines after a bit of pulling and twisting.
We took our pumpkins, hopped on the hayride back to the farm and headed back home.
After setting these bad boys on my kitchen table, I quickly got to work on making pumpkin puree.
Pumpkin Puree Recipe
Ingredients: 2 small pumpkins; 1 cup of water
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
- Cut out top of pumpkins like you would to carve a pumpkin
- Cut pumpkins in half, scoop out the seeds. If you want to roast the seeds, save them for later.
- Cut the halves down to quarters.
- Pour 1/2 cup of water into each pan.
- Lay pumpkins down (skin touching water) in the pans.
- Cover pans and pumpkins with foil.
- Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, or until tender. You should be able to poke the pumpkin meat with a fork easily.
- Scrape pumpkin meat from shells, and puree in the blender. I found that using a paring knife worked best – simply peel off the pumpkin skin with your paring knife to get the most out of your pumpkin meat.
- Puree pumpkin meat in a blender. Add 1/4 cup of water if it’s not coming out smooth.
Keep in mind that it is a messy recipe, but it is so worth it! You can make all sorts of pumpkin treats with your puree.
Let me know in the comments below what you use pumpkin puree for!