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Can you use any pumpkin for cooking? We were given 5 big pretty pumpkins that I need to do something with....anyone?

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Last updated: Nov. 11, 2012 2:28 pm
Posted: Nov. 11, 2012 9:44 am
Commented by: Maggi
Nov. 11, 2012 10:17 am
The smaller pumpkins are actually the cooking ones. You can use large but much easier to use small.
Nov. 11, 2012 10:20 am
Just googled - they said the flesh of larger pumpkins is more watery and stringy. I would use them and cook the flesh down ( as long as you have them)
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Nov. 11, 2012 10:53 am
Jack-O-lantern pumpkins are not meant for baking. Sugar or pie pumpkins are best. They are much smaller and the pumpkin meat is a different consistency. If you want to try using what you have then I suggest roasting the pumpkin until the skin shrivels up and looks dry. Cook cut side down. Cool until you can easily remove the skin. Scoop out the meat and place in a large deep bowl. Set in the fridge overnight and much of the liquid will separate from the pumpkin. Drain off. Continue to do this until pumpkin is of the consistency of a can of pumpkin. Without draining the pumpkin it will be weak and watery in your recipe. Once drained sufficiently put in your blender or use an immersion, stick blender to really puree well. Large pumpkins are stringy compared to the smooth pie/sugar pumpkins.
Nov. 11, 2012 11:00 am
You know in my young cooking days! I cooked reg. pumpkin by peeling and boiling like potatoes. Then mashed and made pumpkin pie!! They were good! well there weren't complaints:-) I didn't know there were different types of pumpkin.
Commented by: nanny129
Nov. 11, 2012 12:16 pm
Commented by: nanny129
Nov. 11, 2012 12:20 pm
Nov. 11, 2012 12:50 pm
The smaller pie pumpkins are preferable for cooking/baking. The larger ones use as Halloween decorations tend to be stringy/watery and don't have as much flavor.
Nov. 11, 2012 2:28 pm
Thank you everyone. Perhapes I'll just take the seeds roast them and give the pumpkin to the chickens! It sounds like a lot of work for so little....Thank you each of you sincerely!
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