Monday, October 5, 2015

Making Pumpkin Puree in the Electric Pressure Cooker

We had an abundance of pumpkins this year from our surprise pumpkin patch.

I have never made pumpkin puree, and with all of the extra pumpkins, I decided to give it a try.

With them not being "baking" pumpkins, I wasn't sure how it would turn out, but figured I had nothing to lose.

Their are several ways to make the puree,  I went with the Electric Pressure Cooker.

First I washed the pumpkins, and split them in half.

Scooped out the seeds (an ice cream scoop works great)

Cut the pumpkin in 2 inch sections.

Placed the pumpkin in the pressure cooker (I cooked the first pumpkin on the rack-the second pumpkin was to big to fit in the cooker with the rack, so I placed it in the cooker without it. I didn't notice any difference with how the pumpkin turned out)

Set the pressure cooker for 10 minutes on high.

After the pumpkin was cooked, I placed it in a colander and set the colander over a bowl and placed it in the fridge overnight, to drain and remove the extra water from the pumpkin.

The next day, I removed the skin from the pumpkin. It did not peel off easily, but it did scrape off easily, using a tablespoon.

I put the pumpkin in the blender for a few minutes....

Pumpkin Puree!

It was a pretty easy process.

It does not look like the pumpkin you get out of the can, at the store. But, it taste good and made a great pumpkin cheesecake yesterday. Today, pumpkin muffins!

I may do a few more, and freeze the puree, for later use.


  1. Well that sounds easier than I would have ever thought it would be. Great job oh pumpkin muffins and cheesecake....yummy Hug B

  2. I think if I had a lot of pumpkins in my garden I would try this too. Right now I am buying big pumpkins to decorate our porches and when the fall season is over I will feed them to my chickens who LOVE pumpkins and squash.

    This does look pretty easy to do .Will you be canning or freezing the pumpkin ?

    1. I am planning on freezing it. I looked into canning it and it is one of the foods that are not recommended for canning.

  3. Mmmmm... I love pumpkin quick bread, with lots of cinnamon and walnuts! Pumpkin pie is a favorite also, but pumpkin cheesecake? Be still my heart! I adore all things pumpkin. It just says Autumn to me and Autumn is my favorite season! Thanks for these instructions, Sandra. You made it sound so easy!

  4. My pumpkins failed dramatically this year..Rain and lack of sun I think!! So very pleased to see how great yours sound..the idea of a puree is wonderful Best regards Lynne

  5. Excellent! This will be quicker than my old method and one more way to utilize the wonderful pressure cooker! Just cooked up some beets today and am loving that thing! :)

  6. What a great idea! I would not have thought about using an ice cream scoop, and I need to remember that. I bet your muffins will be delicious :-) I'll be right over....

  7. What a neat idea! I've never done this before!

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks:

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!


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