Carving a pumpkin for Halloween and making pumpkin pie for a Thanksgiving feast are what many of us consider to be the two most popular uses for pumpkin, but they certainly aren't the only ways to use this versatile vegetable.
If you want to make homemade pumpkin puree or pumpkin pie ahead of time, it is alright as long as you use the proper storage method. Also, leftover homemade pumpkin pie needs to be stored properly to keep it fresh as long as possible. See when to refrigerate and when to freeze.
This traditional homemade pumpkin pie is made from scratch with homemade puree. Homemade pumpkin puree can also be used in any pumpkin recipe calling for canned pumpkin. To substitute homemade puree, use 1 3/4 cups of pumpkin puree in place of a 15 oz. can of pumpkin.
Making your own pumpkin puree is simple to do and well worth the effort. Homemade pumpkin puree can be used for making homemade pumpkin pies from scratch or in any pumpkin recipes that call for canned pumpkin. Be sure to select a small pie pumpkin for the best results.