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Winter Squash: Cooking and Freezing Photo Essay

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cooking pumpkins

 

Turning the left photo into the right: read on!

cut the pumpkin

 

Cut the pumpkin in half with a large knife.

 

pumpkin cut in half

 

 

As it is cut in half
remove the strings

 

Remove the strings.

 

 

bake cut side down

 

Bake at 350 degrees or 400 degrees until a fork goes smoothly through, like baking a potato. (usually 30 minutes - an hour or more: depends on the size of the squash, the type of the squash, and the heat in the oven.)

Oh! I just called the pumpkin a squash! well... pumpkins are a type of winter squash.

out of the oven

 

Out of the oven, read to remove the pumpkin meat into the food processor. (I find that blenders don't do the job. borrow a friend's food processor if you don't have one. or search Craig's List!)

 

 

scooping out the meat

 

 

Scooping out the meat of the pumpkin

into the food processor

 

Into the food processor

ready to measure and jar up

 

Ready to measure and jar up

16+ cups of puree

 

 

16+ cups of puree

into freezer jars

 

 

Into freezer jars: I used 1.5 cups for mine.

musquee de provence pumpkin

 

 

Musquee de provence pumpkin