What to do when you come into a big 'ol pile of pumpkins
Okay, these pics were taken around early November when some great friends generously gave us a box of sugar pumpkins. They had been working at a pumpkin patch and rescued these guys before being thrown away. I had wanted to post this months ago, but somehow lost the pictures from the second half of the process! Since I am posting a recipe for pumpkin bread, however, I decided to post what I do have and try to explain the rest!
See my husband, Scott, halve the already washed pumpkins.
See Scott, uh, being Scott.
I get the fun part. After Scott slices them in two, I gut them and place them face down on a cookie sheet.
After roasting them in the oven for about an hour at 350 degrees, they are a nice, deep, golden orange - and a little sunken. Let cool. Peel off the skin and slice into manageable pieces. Puree' in a food processor, measure 2-3 cup amounts into assorted plastic containers and freeze overnight. The next morning, remove frozen pumpkin from containers and place each frozen mass into its own food saver bag, seal, date, and place back into freezer. Thaw and use as needed!
.......A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted.....