Pumpkin purée is available in food stores as a canned product or a purée can be made from the meat of a fresh pumpkin. There are several types of canned purée that can be purchased in stores. Pure Pumpkin purée that is made totally from the meat of the pumpkin and contains no other ingredients. A second option is a puréed mixture that contains the meat of Pumpkin combined with a sugar syrup, water, salt, spices, and natural flavors which can be purchased for use in making Pumpkin flavored foods. This mixture is often labeled as Pumpkin Pie Mix.
When selecting Pumpkins, choose those that are bright orange in color and thick skinned without blemishes or rough and wrinkled skin. They should be heavy for their size and have an attached stem. Depending on their age when fresh, Pumpkins can be stored for 1 to 2 months in a cool dry area. Canned or puréed Pumpkin meat can be stored frozen, if it is cooked and placed an airtight container or bag. The frozen Pumpkin should then be used within 3 months.
For recipes, 1 pound of fresh pumpkin meat equals: 2 cups cooked pumpkin; 1 cup of puréed; 2 cups of cubes; or 3-1/2 cups of freshly grated pumpkin meat.