Most of you probably know how to do this already. As I am early on in my quest to become more self-sufficient this is the first year I have said "no" to canned foods and made everything fresh even down the pumpkin. This was so easy, actually a bit fun, and has yielded several delicious recipies for our family.
Here is what you do with a pumpkin, which by the way are staring to go on sale now all over the place.
1. Find a pumpkin patch and pick out several pumpkins. Choose a pumpkin this is not
2. Go home and have some fun cleaning out the pumpkin guts! Make sure to save all of the seeds. I started by using a big spoon to clean as much of the guts out as I could.
too big for your "puree" pumpkin.
3. Cut your pumpkin in half and continue cleaning it up.
4. Cut your pumpkin into smaller pieces and place them on a baking sheet (or two!)
5. Place your pumpkin (with skin on) into the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes or until the pumpkin looks soft and golden.
6. Remove the pumpkin pieces. Let them cool for a moment. Remove the skin, it peels right off the back!
7. Place your pumpkin into a food processor and blend into a nice puree is formed.
8. Place your puree into seperate bags/tupperware and freeze. This puree will last several months in your freezer and is going to be used to make all sorts of yummy things in the coming weeks.
Now, clean off your pumpkin seeds. Even clean they will remain slimy.
Place them on a baking sheet and let them sit overnight.
The next day sprinkle them with olive oil, salt, pepper and seasonings of your choice and bake them!