A few recipes that I've been contemplating call for pumpkin puree and I wanted to make the puree myself. In this segment, you will find the recipe for a simple puree and a pumpkin seed snack! Baked goods will follow soon!
Modified from allrecipes.com
1 pumpkin (mine was a little big so if yours is smaller cut the baking time in half)
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Cut the pumpkin in half, stem to base. Remove seeds and pulp. (Save the seeds for the following recipe! )Cover each half with foil.
Bake in the preheated oven, foil side up, 2 hours, or until tender and soft when poked with fork.
Scrape pumpkin meat from shell halves and puree in a blender.
Strain to remove any remaining stringy pieces.
Store in the freezer in freezer safe bags.
My yield was about 10 cups so it was a rather large pumpkin. You can use the puree for cooking and baking and it keeps well. You can also use it as baby food - it's pretty bland for our adult taste-buds until it's cooked in something!