Its taken me a while to work up my pumpkins I grew this year, but I got-er done today. I baked my pumpkins whole in my ovens. I have a smaller wall oven and then the oven on my range is a bit bigger. The pumpkins fit perfect between the two not one more would have fit. 375 degrees till they were soft enough to push a knife into them.
Then take them out let them cool, cut them open it will help them cool off faster. Be careful they are really hot. I turned on the ceiling fan and pointed a standing floor fan toward them. Once they are cool enough to handle scrape out the seeds, you can wash the seeds and roast them for snacking on. Then I used my food processor to get the consistency I wanted my pumpkin to be. I was going to can my pumpkin puree in my pressure canner ( I know the FDA says not a good idea but well I was going to anyway using canning directions from a 1972 Kerr Canning book, seems it was still considered okay at that point.) Not sure when the good old (cough, cough) FDA decided it wasn't okay...... sorry I am rambling.... What I wound up doing was putting it in jars and freezing it as I had recently gained some room in my freezer. Had I had more jars than would fit in my freezer, I would have pressure canned it.
15 Pints later I was done... whew this was messy lol and a lot of work! It will be so worth it when I am making yummy goodies with this pumpkin!
Yep my helper was right there to supervise the whole process! :O)
I saved the stems, popped them off before I put the pumpkins in the oven. Why you ask, well you can use them to make the neatest fall decor pumpkins out of fabric. My stems are not real long, I didn't know about using them when I cut my pumpkins. But now that I know I will cut them a bit longer next year.
You can make these fabric pumpkins like this
Here is the link to directions for making these lovely fabric pumpkins if you would like to make some!
A side note: Be careful how many pumpkins you bake to work up. LOL It takes time and its a messy job with a lot of clean up, so be careful to not bite off more than you can chew, erm process. I wouldn't do this many again at once I don't think :O).