This homemade pumpkin puree saves you time and money on expensive canned pumpkin puree! With three options to make it, it’s perfect for both sweet and savory dishes!
Having spent several years living in America, I experienced and enjoyed many traditions and holidays. With those experiences came a plethora of new foods, like pumpkin pie and pumpkin muffins.
Growing up in a country where pumpkin is enjoyed in generally savory dishes, I was pleasantly surprised to see the opposite while in America. I saw pumpkin in ice creams, pumpkin in pies, and even cookies with the pumpkin touch.
I was shocked to see it available in supermarkets and grocery stores, in the canned foods aisle! We’d never have seen this in Australia before- no wonder there were a plethora of pumpkin desserts and treats! With canned pumpkin, like Libbys, being so easily available, it made sense to see it as a staple ingredient in many kitchens!
Since being back in Australia, I’ve been craving some pumpkin desserts. However, the idea of a canned pumpkin is completely foreign! Luckily, you can easily make your own!
What is pumpkin puree?
Pumpkin puree is essentially blended pumpkin. It should not have any additional ingredients in it, especially sugar or salt. Canned pumpkin generally comes in two forms- pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie filling.
Not only is it super simple to make, but the flavor is so much better. Just like fresh vegetables VS the canned kind, this fresh pumpkin puree is so much better than anything from a can! The best part? It can easily be made in less than 30 minutes!
To save even more time, I recommend you prepare a huge batch, as leftovers can easily be stored in the freezer.
How do you make pumpkin puree?
The cooking method
- Oven Option– Place your cubed pumpkin onto a baking tray covered in parchment paper. Bake at 180C/350F for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. You want to remove your pumpkin from the oven once it is soft, and not yet golden brown.
- Microwave Option– My favorite method as it takes 5 minutes. Place pumpkin in a microwave safe dish and cover it with plastic wrap. Microwave for 4-5 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic covering and allow it to cool completely.
- Boiling Option– Fill a saucepan with water and place your cubed pumpkin in it. On medium heat, bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce it to low and allow it to simmer for 10-12 minutes, until soft and tender.
Once you have cooked your pumpkin, allow it to cool to room temperature. Once it is cooled, use a stick mixer or food processor and pulse your pumpkin until thick and smooth and completely pureed.
What is the best pumpkin for pureeing?
There are many kinds of pumpkins available in the supermarket. Any pumpkin can generally be used for pureeing, however, they all tend to have different levels of sweetness. I stick to butternut pumpkin or jap pumpkin, as they are the most common kinds.
Storing and Freezing pumpkin puree
- To store: Pumpkin puree should always be stored in the refrigerator, in a sealable container. Pumpkin will keep fresh for up to 2 weeks.
- To freeze: Place leftover pumpkin puree in a freezer friendly container and store in the freezer for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator.
More pumpkin puree recipes
- Pumpkin Brownies
- Pumpkin Muffins
- 3 Ingredient Pumpkin Cookies
- Pumpkin Bars
- Pumpkin Spice Latte Bites
Homemade Pumpkin Puree
- 4 cups pumpkin diced
- Place your cubed pumpkin onto a baking tray covered in parchment paper. Bake at 180C/350F for 40 minutes, flipping halfway through. You want to remove your pumpkin from the oven once it is soft, and not yet golden brown.
- Place pumpkin in a microwave safe dish and cover it with plastic wrap. Microwave for 4-5 minutes. Carefully remove the plastic covering and allow it to cool completely.
- Fill a saucepan with water and place your cubed pumpkin in it. On medium heat, bring it to a boil. Once it is boiling, reduce it to low and allow it to simmer for 10-12 minutes, until soft and tender.
To puree the pumpkin
- Ensure your pumpkin has cooled completely. Once cool, use a stick mixer or food processor and blend your pumpkin until completely pureed.
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