|Prepared Pumpkin. 1.24.15|
Very easy. Cut pumpkin in half. Scoop out seeds and their surrounding fibrous material. The seeds will get roasted later.
Place cut side down on cookie sheet. Bake in 350 degree oven for one hour. Let cool onough to handle, then scoop out the soft mash.
For this pumpkin - Rouge vif D'Espampes - which I think is the same as "Cinderella pumpkin" - the pumpkin came out so tender, it did not need to be pureed. I just stired it up. When cooled, I measured out 1 cup or 2 cup portions, scooped into vacuum sealer bags, labeled, and sealed up. These portions are the same size as 1 or 2 cans of canned pumpkin, but much better. Ning used a batch to make pumpkin bread - excellent! Winter squash is processed the same way, and for the same recipes - equally delicious.
The bags go into the freezer. They thaw out fairly quickly if immersed in cold water, or overnight in fridge,