Homemade Pumpkin Purée

Posted by Michelle on October 13th, 2013 . Filed under: Fall, Food .

If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you know that I was pretty impressed with myself last weekend when I got all domestic and made some homemade pumpkin purée.  Fred Meyer had pumpkins on sale for 18-cents a pound.  Now we usually get pumpkins for carving only, and we get them at the pumpkin patch, so I don’t really watch the price of pumpkins at the grocery store.  However, I went online and saw that the pumpkin patch we go to has a rate of 30-cents per pound, and Walmart had pumpkins for 28-cents per pound, so I’m thinking that 18-cents is pretty good.

Cover the table in newspapers.
Start to chop up the pumpkins, realize it’s a pain in the…, and have your husband do it for you.
Scrape off all the guts in to a bowl – for roasting pumpkin seeds later.


Bake at 400 degrees for about an hour.
Or until the house gets all smokey and the smoke detectors come on.
{You want it to be fork tender.}


Peel the skin off, and chop in to smaller chunks.


Fill up your blender, add about 1/4 cup of water and let it go on high for 1 minute.
Open it up, move the chunkies around, add another 1/4 cup of water, and let it go on high for another minute.


Package in to sandwich bags.
I use the same method that I use for frosting:  put the baggie in a glass and pull the sides down outside the rim so that you don’t get yuckies on the part you are going to seal.
Freeze (for up to 3 months).


Yield: 16 cups.
I did a little cost comparison on homemade vs. store-bought Libby’s pumpkin.
Libby’s is about $1.50 for 15 oz.  It will go on sale to 99-cents soon (if it hasn’t already).
It would take me 8.5 cans to = my 16 cups which would cost me at least $8.50.
I paid $4.04.
So making this myself saved me 48%.

And since we’re talkin’ pumpkins, which is really a Halloween thing, how about a snappy-snap from when my daughter and I were out couponing last week?  She gets up at 0-dark-thirty on the weekends just to come couponing with me.  We have a good time.  Obviously 😉


1 Response to Homemade Pumpkin Purée

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