Week 33 – It’s all about the pumpkin

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.


About pbodwell

Master Gardener; Nat'l Award Winning Photographer; Garden Writer; Artist - art books, print maker, hot glass, wire jewelry designer; sometime quilter; new homesteader; bee keeper; very crafty; Baseball fan, enthusiast, and researcher; all things vintage
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2 Responses to Week 33 – It’s all about the pumpkin

  1. Karen & Leroy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving!!! It’s snowing with about a foot or more on the ground. It’s about 19 below zero as we speak. People coming for Thanksgiving. Pies made from the pumpkins the kids carved for me. Need help from clown in New Jersey to do a clown class for ‘at risk’ kids in winter in Tok, Alaska. Of course she’s tied up with no electricity. . .

    And lots to be grateful for! Wishing you a grateful Thanksgiving!

  2. pbodwell says:

    Nice to see someone is baking those Halloween pumpkins and eating them. Happy Thanksgiving to you too.

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