Monday, November 15, 2010

It's Pumpkin Today

I've always wanted to process pumpkin.

I've always heard so much doom and gloom about it that I didn't bother.

Since I got this great mill (thanks Mom for a wonderful Birthday gift!!), I wanted to try to also do pumpkin!  I ordered the pumpkin attachment with great excitement!
You always read in garden books do's and don'ts.  This year I did a don't and learned why.
I planted the squash and pumpkins too close.  My pumpkins sure look weird!  They look a little too zuchini-ish.
I was so bummed as I wanted to try and process them!

But the Lord is good!  Our church had their fall program and they gave out pumpkins!  Each of us got one.  There were 10 to start with.  After the harvest dinner at church, I also got about 10 more! 

So today that was on my list to tackle!

It was rather fun!

First I washed the pumpkins and then quartered them.

I scraped the seeds and stringies out.

Then I put them into the steamer until they were soft.

Into the mill to make the beautiful orange goo!

I cut a piece of cheesecloth and hung the pumpkin goo to hang!

Drip, drip, drip it's been going all day.

I'll let it hang overnight. 

Tomorrow is bread day so I'll add pumpkin bread to the list!  Should be fun! 

Here's what Titus did while I was doing pumpkins!
He was quite excited to show me his name!


  1. Chocolate chip pumpkin cookies are good also. I use canned pumpkin, but I think fresh pumpkin is better. It's been years since I used fresh pumpkin. I use to drain them in the colander setting over a big pot to catch the water. :) I'm going to make the cookies for Tammy's craft show. I know your pumpkin bread, pies, etc. will turn out great. :)

  2. YUM! I love pumpkin! I let mine hang overnight too - fresh pumpkin is so much better than canned...

  3. I made some yummy pumpkin bars,, it was gone in no time! :) Fresh is much better!!