have you ever wanted to learn how to make pumpkin from scratch but thought it was too hard? This homemade pumpkin puree recipe is so easy to make that you’ll kick yourself for not trying it earlier.
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Who else is super excited about all the fall baking going on right now? I’m so in love with all the flavors of fall… apples, cinnamon, caramel, and most especially pumpkin! I started making my own homemade pumpkin puree a few years ago, and I’m excited to share this super simple method with you. The effort required is so minimal, and the payout is awesome!
Let’s get started, shall we? You’ll need some pie pumpkins. I’ve found them in a variety of places, for a variety of prices. My grocery store sells them for $3-4/each (which I find incredibly expensive) but I’ve found them at Trader Joe’s for $1.99/each or at local pumpkin patches for $0.50 – $1. You want to make sure you’re buying pie pumpkins (instead of the big carving pumpkins) because they’re sweeter and easier to manage.
How To Make Pumpkin Puree
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Puree
- 4-6 pound pie pumpkins
Cut the tops off your pumpkins
Cut the pumpkins in half, from top to bottom
Scoop out the insides of the pumpkins
Place the pumpkins face down on a baking sheet
Add about 1/4 inch of water around them
Bake at 350 for 60-90 minutes, checking periodically after 60 minutes
They are finished when a fork slides in easily
Let the pumpkin cool and then scoop the meat out into a blender
If you want the puree to be more like what you get out of the can, drain the puree in a colander set over a pot. I found that paper towels worked great for lining the colander.
Start by lopping the tops off your pumpkins. It helps to have a sharp knife.
Cut the pumpkins in half, top to bottom.
When they’re all clean, put them face down on a baking sheet, and add about 1/4 inch of water around them (it doesn’t need to be too precise). Bake at 350 for 60-90 minutes, checking periodically after 60 minutes.
They are finished when a fork slides in easily. Mine were perfect after 70 minutes.
Let the pumpkin cool (this is important, as my burned fingers can attest!) and then scoop the meat out into a blender.
Blend until well-pureed, pulsing to break up any stubborn bits. If it’s too thick and hard to puree, add a little water to get things moving.
Depending on how watery your pumpkins were, you may have a lot or a little water to drain off. If you’re happy with the consistency of your puree, by all means leave it as is! If you want it to be more like what you get out of the can, you can drain it in a colander set over a pot. I found that paper towels worked great for lining the colander. I let it drain for about 30 minutes and got about 1 1/2 cups of water out.
More Delicious Pumpkin Recipes
- Best Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe
- Easy Pumpkin Crepes Recipe
- Pumpkin Honey Butter
- 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookies
Can I Freeze My Homemade Pumpkin Puree?
My three small pie pumpkins yielded about 7 cups of puree. My favorite way to store it is to add about 1 cup of pumpkin puree to a freezer bag, squeeze out all the air, flatten, and then freeze. They stack neatly in the freezer after they’re frozen, and they’re easy to pull out whenever I need pumpkin for a recipe. I either thaw them in the fridge overnight or in a bowl of cold water.
I usually let mine cool in the fridge overnight and then freeze it. Just like any other type of food, if you let it sit out, it will allow bacteria to grow. It keeps in the fridge for about a week, so if you’re planning to use it right away, the fridge would be fine.
So now that you have your pumpkin puree, what are you going to make with it? Here are a few of my very favorite pumpkin recipes:
Happy fall baking!