Monday, November 23, 2009

The Great Pumpkin

This years pumpkin crop was not as big as we anticipated. Last year we had enough for the kids to set up a stand and make a few bucks. I really can't complain because we still had plenty for ourselves, some to give away, and the rest went to the pigs.

The kids made a few jack o' lanterns and I cooked some up and froze it.

We cooked up some seeds tossing them with a bit of olive oil and sea salt. Next year I'll be sure to try Don's recipe for pumpkin seeds. This post is also a great tutorial for making pumpkin puree for anyone that may be interested in learning more. Up until last year I had no idea that you could just cook up any old pumpkin. Regardless, next Spring I will try and grow some pumpkins specific for cooking in hopes of a richer flavor and smaller pumpkins for easier handling.

I put 20 bags in the freezer. I have cooked two dishes with it since. A tasty pumpkin custard that the whole family enjoyed and the other night I cooked up a delicious pumpkin soup that
I will make again for sure. Here is the link

and the recipe...

Simple Pumpkin Soup

1/2 cup onion

3T. butter

2 cups of mashed cooked pumpkin (or canned)

1 teas salt

1 T sugar

1/4 teas nutmeg

1/4 teas ground pepper

3 cups chicken broth

1/2 cup of half and half (can use fat free)

Those are not exactly the steps I took. I removed both the chicken stock & the pumpkin from the freezer and thawed them in my crock pot. Then I added spices & cooked onions. After a few hours I ran it all through my food processor to chop up the pumpkin a bit more. In addition to the above spices I added 3/4 tablespoon of cumin, meant to add curry but it still tasted good.
Perfect soup for the season!


Kelly said...

I love the color of the pumpkin too. It just shouts Autumn! Our pumpkin crop really sucked this year. I want to have some extra for the chickens and turkeys. Better luck next year.


Mandie said...

That pumpkin soup recipe sounds great. I really enjoy fresh pumpkin in muffins and of course pie! Yumm I planted 2 different varieties of pumpkins and didn't get one, agghh. I will try again next year...

YD, sometimes with ♥June and ♥Angel Samantha said...

I've never made pumpkin puree from a fresh pumpkin, actually I should say I've never done anything using fresh pumpkin. We are not big on pumpkin, every once in a while is ok. I used to dislike pumpkin pie but now I like it.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


Karen Sue said...

I had a pumpkin or squash soup many years ago, but have never tried one myself. Perhaps I shall with some canned pumpkin and then I need to figure where to plant some!

June said...

You had pumpkins, wow! The rain washed our pumpkin dreams away this year. Pumpkin soup is one of our favorites... Have you ever tried it with peanut butter?

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

Country Girl said...

Thanks YD!
June no I have never tried that, interesting combo...

Bobbie said...

we had a very good crop of pie pumpkins, you know the small little ones. They cooked up nicely and my mom made some pumpkin roll and whoopie pies with them, very tasty! our big pumpkins didn't do well, got about 4, one of which Chris took to school and they used it in Science/Math class, then he got points for bringing in pumpkin pie from the pieces of it :)