Today we were inside the Channel 9 studio and talked about pumpkins. Pumpkins are native to North America. They have been talked about in history from the beginning and are traditionally used for cooking at holidays and of course they are very popular at Halloween. Pumpkins are easy to grow in your garden and just a few go a long way.
Pumpkin is very nutritious. Low in saturated fat and sodium, they are high in Vitamins A, B6, C and E, as well as iron, thiamine, niacin, magnesium, copper and beta-caratene.
Any pumpkin may be used in cooking but there is a nice variety that is a pie pumpkin. It is a smaller variety and easy to bake. Cut the top off of the pumpkin like you would for a jack o lantern. Scoop out the seeds (you can wash these and roast them for eating later). Put the pumpkin in a pan with a small amount of water. Bake it about an hour at 350 degrees. The skin of the pumpkin will brown and the meat of the pumpkin should easily come off the skin. Puree the pumpkin in a processor and you’re ready to use the pumpkin in pie, bread, muffins, pumpkin butter or whatever you would like to make.
It seems like a lot of work but baking a pumpkin is no harder than baking a squash for dinner. It just takes the extra time to process and puree it.
Bake a pumpkin and have fun!!
So far, so fun!!
Check out this week’s segment as well as get a recipe for some yummy cranberry sauce at: http://www.9news.com/rss/story.aspx?storyid=299966
Really? I have no pumpkin photos – I’ll have to do something about that.