Monday, November 1, 2010

Canning Pumpkin

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Happy end of Halloween!
(and happy November!)

Time to take care of your Jack-o-lantern!

We didn't get around to carving pumpkins this year, but my garden produced a surplus of {cute} little ones.



I am always happy when we are able to eat our decorations!

How to can your Halloween Pumpkin

Cut 'em up!

Wash, cut, seed, and peel your pumpkin. The easiest way I've found to peel pumpkins is to cut it like a cantaloupe and peel the same way you would a cantaloupe wedge. 


It is so much easier to remove the seeds when the pumpkin is wedged... I must figure out a way to work that into pumpkin carving!

When it is cut, seeded and peeled, cube into 1" cubes.
Place in a pot and cover with water. 
(This is tricky, since pumpkin floats!)
Bring to a boil, and boil for 4 minutes. 
I like to can pumpkin in pint jars... stick them in jars, and cover with liquid from boiling.

Process in your pressure canner! 
(@ 13# for 55 minutes at my elevation)



Drain and puree for pumpkin pie filling, soup, baby food... whatever you like pumpkin for!

<3 AmberLou


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8 comments:

  1. Well that really couldn't be much more simple! I tried growing pumpkins last year and they were destroyed by slugs...our gardening was disrupted this year by bad weather and car accident -- but I hope to do better in 2011. I love decorating the house with pumpkins for fal1! And they have just gotten wildly expensive to buy over the last few years.

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  2. What a great tip for having pumpkin all year round even if a shortage should occur. By the way, I'm holding a CSN giveaway on my blog and you're welcome to come by and enter. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2010/11/45-csn-giveaway.html

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  3. Great tips!! I always cook and freeze our pumpkin. I should dust off the canner and can some :)

    Blessings!
    Gail

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  4. I am sooooo doing this.... because I need to be able to make these all year round: http://bestofmommachef.blogspot.com/2010/10/whole-wheat-pumpkin-cinnamon-rolls.html

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  5. That is a fabulous idea. Glad to hear you had a bumper crop of pumpkins :)

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  6. Oh I love pumpkin! Great idea! wish I had that many...

    Thanks for linking to A Round Tuit! Hope you have a lovely weekend!

    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://jembellish.blogspot.com/

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  7. Wow! I had never considered canning pumpkin. Does it work as a good canned pumpkin pie alternative? Thanks for linking up to Topsy Turvy Tuesday's.

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