Fresh Pumpkin Puree Tutorial


Roasting and pureeing a pumpkin is really simple and won’t take you much time at all, but the flavor is far and beyond that of the canned variety. Better yet, an entire sugar pie pumpkin ranging from 3-5 pounds only costs $1.99 at Trader Joe’s (you’ll pay a bit more for organic) and you get about 32 oz of puree. A 15 oz can of puree will cost anywhere from $1.99-2.50.

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Fresh Pumpkin Puree Tutorial

AUTHOR: Danielle Walker - AgainstAllGrain.com


Tools & Equipment

  • Sharp Knife
  • Spoon or Ice Cream Scoop
  • Parchment Paper
  • Rimmed Baking Sheet


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds and stringy flesh in the center
  3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a Silpat
  4. Place the pumpkins cut side down and rub their skin lightly with coconut oil
  5. Pour enough water into the bottom of the cookie sheet to fill it about 1inch (but no more) up the sides of the pan
  6. Bake for 30-40 minutes until the skin has wrinkled and the pumpkin flesh is soft
  7. Once the pumpkin has cooled enough to handle, scoop out the flesh, discard the skin, and puree in a blender
  8. Place the puree in a fine mesh strainer and set it over a bowl in the fridge for an hour or two to let the excess water drip out
  9. Store the puree, covered, in the fridge for up to 5 days or freeze for 6 months
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  • http://www.cuttingoutcarbs.blogspot.com Rachel @ cuttingoutcarbs

    This does look easy. Thanks for posting. Will have to give this a shot now that pumpkins are so cheap.

  • http://thetastyalternative.com amber

    Fresh is the best. What a beautiful color! :-)

    Happy fall.

  • Katie

    I’ve read over and over that canned pumpkin has far more fiber than fresh baked pumpkin! So I stick to organic canned pumpkin.

  • http://www.afinninthekitchen.com Loretta E

    I just finished typing up a pumpkin puree post! Mine pretty much looks like yours. I really can’t figure out why I’ve never done this until now. Some things are just worth the little extra effort, especially this!

  • Melanie Allgeyer

    BEST POST EVAH!!! Happy Fall!!!!