cooking a pumpkin (in the microwave!)

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I was really excited to discover that small pumpkins can be cooked in the microwave! Simply remove the stem, cut the pumpkin in half and scrape out the strings/seeds. Then weigh one of the halves and microwave for 7 minutes per pound.
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I microwaved mine with the cut side down so it could steam itself on the inside. (I do this with acorn squash, too.) Let it sit for a minute or so before checking for doneness. It keeps on cooking for a while after you take it out of the microwave. When it’s tender, scoop out the flesh and puree until very smooth.

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I’ve used the blender and the food processor and I think the processor does a better job. But a blender works, too. 😉 You really can’t make it too smooth. Lumps are no good.

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I got between 1-1/2 and 2 cups of puree from one sugar pie pumpkin. That’s about enough for one pie. If this seems like a lot of work for one pie’s worth of pumpkin puree… maybe you’ve never had a pie made from a fresh pumpkin. Haha.
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Or you could always make muffins. Or pancakes. Or pumpkin pie oatmeal.

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About Jessi

I'm married. I'm a mom of two. I love dogs and almost all other animals. I like to think about things for a long time. I like all crafts (except scrapbooking. ugh.) I like running. I like cooking and baking. I analyze everything. I stress out too much. I like coffee. I love having a husband that tells me to chill out. I'm thankful for a God that loves me in spite of my many failures.
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