Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Pumpkins are one of the most versatile vegetables around. There is so much to do with them other than the traditional pumpkin pies. Pumpkin purée is the first step for a lot of great recipes. It is not only a perfect meal for babies, but it’s also an awesome ingredient for muffins, soups, or lattes.

In most US kitchens, pumpkin purée is a commonly used ingredient and you can simply buy canned versions in stores or online. But if you live somewhere else (or you want to prepare fresh pumpkin purée by yourself), don’t worry I’m here to help you prepare it at home.

Making pumpkin purée is very simple. All you have to do is bake the pumpkins in a moderate oven without any seasonings and then throw the softened flesh into a food processor and blend until smooth. Easy!

How To Make Pumpkin Purée

To make homemade pumpkin purée, you will need a small or medium-sized pumpkin.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C).
  2. Cut the pumpkin into smaller pieces (one pumpkin is usually can be cut into 6-10 smaller portions).
  3. Remove the seeds and put the pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet. If you wonder what to do with the seeds, check out my roasted pumpkin seeds recipe.
  4. Bake for 45 minutes. The baking time can be slightly more or less depending on the size of the pieces. Check with a fork if the pumpkins are soft enough and if not, roast them for a few more minutes.
  5. Take them out of the oven and let them cool for a couple of minutes.
  6. Peel the pumpkin slices.
  7. Throw the softened flesh into a food processor and blend until smooth (it takes around 10-15 seconds).

Note: in contrast to roasted pumpkins, in order to make homemade pumpkin purée, you want to gently bake your pumpkins in a moderate oven only up to the point that they are completely softened.

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Ways To Use The Pumpkin Puree

Your pumpkin purée is ready! 

You can use the purée to make pumpkin muffins or pumpkin drinks/smoothies. It’s also an excellent naturally sweet dessert by itself!

If you have kids, homemade pumpkin purée is an awesome healthy dish for the little ones. Also you can feed your baby pumpkin purée by itself or mixed with other food. You can even use organic pumpkins so that you can be 100% sure what is it that you are giving to your kids.

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How To Store Pumpkin Purée

From 6.6 pounds (3 kg) of pumpkin (which is roughly one regular pumpkin), you can make around 4.2 lbs (1.9 kg) or 7 cups (1.7 liters) of pumpkin purée. This is plenty and unless you are preparing for a large family gathering, you probably won’t use it all.

The good news is that pumpkin purée is easy to store. You can even make it in advance. It will keep for a week in the refrigerator and for months in the freezer.

Pumpkin Purée Cups To Grams

Converting pumpkin purée from cups to grams or vice versa depends slightly on the type of your pumpkin. But as a rule of thumb you can count with 270 grams of pumpkin purée per US cup (240 ml).

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Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Make your own fresh pumpkin purée at home
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Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 45 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Base Recipe

Equipment

  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pumpkin

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 350 F (180 C). Cut the pumpkin into 6-10 pieces.
  • Remove the seeds and put the pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet. Use parchment paper for easy cleaning afterwards.
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  • Bake for 45 minutes. Check with a fork if the pumpkins are soft enough and if not, bake them for a few more minutes.
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  • Take them out and let them cool for a couple of minutes. Peel the pumpkin slices.
  • Throw the softened flesh into a food processor and blend until smooth (it takes around 10-15 seconds).
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  • Use your homemade pumpkin purée in any recipe as you would use a canned version.
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