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Pumpkin farms are so seductive, with their fields of fresh squash and piles of pumpkins. From carving pumpkins to butternut squash to sugar pie varieties, I never want to neglect a single one. So, I come home with more pumpkin than any one person should keep in their apartment. The pile of pumpkins on the kitchen counter is calling — here’s how I’m planning to put them up for the winter.
Pumpkin Butter (pictured above)
This slow-cooker pumpkin butter from Baked Bree is as easy as it is tasty. She makes it in the slow-cooker to avoid the pesky sticking on the stovetop and flavors it with maple syrup, lemon juice and pumpkin pie spices. Yum!
This Estonian-style pumpkin pickle traditionally accompanies a Christmas meal of black pudding, roast pork, sauerkraut and potatoes. Nami Nami makes this spicy pickle with thick-grated pumpkin flavored with cloves, fresh-grated ginger, cinnamon and allspice. Save it for the holidays or serve on toast, as a relish or atop pasta.
Pumpkin soup is a classic, but I’m saving it in the freezer so I can enjoy it year-round. This version from Elena’s Pantry nixes the cream that’s in many recipes in favor of a little coconut milk and ginger. Plus, it’s both vegan and gluten-free.
Alton Brown’s pumpkin bread uses grated fresh pumpkin and fresh-roasted pumpkin seeds instead of the canned stuff, resulting in a carrot cake-like texture and nutty flavor. I’m doubling (or tripling) the batch and keeping these loaves in the freezer for breakfast, dessert, and (if I have any left) holiday gifts.
Homemade Squash Puree
If you like to keep your options open, turn your pumpkins and squash into puree and throw in the freezer for approximately 1 million possible applications. The Pioneer Woman has a beautiful step-by-step post about freezing your favorite variety.
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More Preserving Stories From Friends and Family
- Alison at Food2: Break Out the Stash
- Nicole at Pinch My Salt: Spiced Pear Butter
- Kirsten at Food Network: Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
- Michelle at Cooking Channel: Save Em’ While You Can
- Caroline at the Wright Recipes: Brandied Apple Butter
- Cate at Sweetnicks: Arugula with Roasted Butternut Squash, Bleu Cheese and Apple Cider Vinaigrette
- Alana at Eating From the Ground Up: Chest Freezers and Why They’re Fabulous
- Margaret at A Way to Garden: Everything Into the Pot, Freezer, Cellar
- Caron at San Diego Foodstuff: Cooking for One, and My Mad Freezer Stash
- Todd and Diane: Persimmon Overload, and Persimmon Fool Pudding
These red gems are in season for only a short while. Enjoy them while you can!