How To Preserve Pumpkin and an Online Homemaking Conference!

You can do so much with pumpkin …

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… so why not put some away now, to use the rest of the year?

If you live in the U.S. more likely than not, you have a bunch of big ol’ pumpkins sitting at your local Kroger, Safeway, Ingles, Walmart, farmers market, or other grocery store.  Many people get large pumpkins for fall decorations or for carving jack-o-lanterns, but for us they are food!  There are many kinds of squash and pumpkins out there … I will not even try to be an expert on which is best for what, but we have enjoyed preserving and eating the large pumpkins for many years.  And for anyone who enjoys pumpkin and saving money, why not try it too?

Do you want to store away some pumpkin?  If so, you had better make sure you get some soon … they seem to disappear from the stores around the beginning of November.

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I plan on posting our favorite pumpkin casserole recipe very soon but until then, I wanted to re-share the way we freeze pumpkin.  The simple run-through is:

        • Select a pumpkin
        • Chop, cook and puree it
        • Pour into bags and place in the freezer
        • Thaw when ready and use!

Visit this post to find out more on What Do You Do … With Pumpkin?

On another note, since we have six pumpkins to process this year, to save on freezer space, I plan on canning some, as well as freezing them like before.  I found instructions this website that seem easy enough to follow, and I look forward to seeing if it works well.  If anyone has any tips for pressure canning pumpkin, I would be glad to hear them.

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6 thoughts on “How To Preserve Pumpkin and an Online Homemaking Conference!

  1. Hello Ruth,
    We always can our pumpkin. Here are the instructions: Peel and dice pumpkin, Steam until soft, Drain and pack tightly into jars, leaving 1 1/2 inches head space. Process in pressure canner at ten pounds for 80 minutes, for quarts.
    We put it in the blender before using it for pies. Sometimes we blend it before canning.
    It lasts for years.
    Happy Preserving!

    1. Thank you so much! It was great to hear it in such quick, easy language:)!

      Do you used the large “jack-o-lanterns” pumpkins or the pie pumpkins when canning?

      Thank you again, this really makes me feel more comfortable:) Ruthie

      1. Canning is easy but not quick!
        The hardest part with pumpkin is peeling them. I find a vegetable peeler works well, as long as the pumpkin hasn’t started to dehydrate.
        We only ever use the ones we grow, so I don’t know. We also use butternut squash or whatever else we have around.
        I’m canning applesauce for the next week.
        Feel free to email me if you have any questions.

  2. We just canned pumpkin this past week-
    altho all the books say not to, we pureed it after cooking it, then canned at 10 lb for 90 minutes-2 other friends do it this way, and I had just used up a jar from 2010 that smelled DIVINE-I prefer butternut squash, but onlyl have pumpkins this year=-
    enjoy your canning days-

  3. Hi, I bake my pumpkin. Cut in half, scoop out the seeds, line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, place pumpkin cut side down on cookie sheet and bake at 350ºF for an hour or until you can poke the skin with a fork. Let cool. Scoop out of skin and puree. You can freeze or can it after. I find this is easier for me then peeling and cooking the pumpkin.

    1. Thanks for commenting! I do cooked the pumpkin as you mentioned and it is definitely one of my favorite methods.

      The flesh seems to have less liquid when baked, than when it is boiled or steamed.

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