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How to Freeze Pumpkin

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How to Freeze Pumpkin

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Use pumpkins to decorate your home in the fall. Then, pop them in the freezer, and enjoy a year's worth of delicious pumpkin breads and soups. Freezing pumpkin is easy.

Difficulty: Easy

Time Required: 90 minutes or less

Here's How:

  1. Roast and puree your pumpkin(s), following the instructions here:

  2. Then, divide the puree into one-cup servings, and freeze. Your pumpkin will last in the freezer indefinitely, but is best used within a year.

  3. To use: Simply thaw your pumpkin puree in the refrigerator overnight or defrost it in the microwave (a few minutes should do it).

Tips:

  1. Use your frozen pumpkin puree in place of canned pumpkin. Here are some pumpkin recipes to try
  2. Don't toss those pumpkin seeds! They're delicious roasted
  3. Pumpkins usually get marked down after Halloween. Pick up a few extra to freeze
  4. Small pumpkins that feel heavy for their size will yield the most puree, but all pumpkins are edible

What You Need:

  • Pumpkin (one or more)
  • A sharp knife
  • A baking sheet
  • A food processor or blender
  • A colander
  • Cheesecloth
  • Freezer-safe containers
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