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Oct
23

A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Today was the perfect fall day, the sun was shining brightly, warming our corner of the world, the air was crisp, and I was with my family.  We could not have asked for a better day to go to our local pumpkin patch!

Gotta love the high tech signs!

We pick pumpkins at this farm every year for our Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns.  I like to carve them only a few days before Halloween because once Halloween is over I process the pumpkin for the freezer.  This involves cutting away the inside stringy part and cutting away the outside skin, leaving you with only the pumpkin “meat”.  I cut it into cubes, steam it on the stove, then mash it with a potato masher.  I freeze the processed pumpkin into two cup increments and we use it all year to make delicious treats like pumpkin muffins, cookies, loaves, pies, and soups!   So don’t throw out your jack-o-lanterns this year, eat them instead!

What do you like to make with pumpkin?

 

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4 comments

  1. Rebeca says:

    Looks like a lovely day! I like to roast a pumpkin, scoop out the flesh, and make pudding out of it. Just throw it in the blender (or food processor) with some coconut oil, a little honey or maple syrup, spices, a dash of sea salt, and I like to put in some egg yolks from our chickens. It’s super yummy! I also just posted a recipe I made the other day for a pumpkin custard. I love pumpkin!!

    1. worldschooled says:

      Wow that sounds yummy Rebeca!

  2. Drina Murphy says:

    What a great idea! Our pumpkin ‘meat’ always gets thrown out as when we’ve finished carving them, I can’t be bothered to start cooking, I wouldn’t have thought about freezing it like that! And steaming and mashing doesn’t sound like it would take too long;)

    1. worldschooled says:

      No, it really doesn’t take long to do and when you consider the price of canned pumpkin it really saves quite a bit of money. Pumpkin is one of the super foods, so healthy. I try to do all my baking using up local ingredients like pumping, berries, fruit, zucchini etc.

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