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Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

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 PickYourOwn.org 
Where you can find a pick-your-own farm near you
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Click on the printer icon that looks like this: (at the top left, to the right of
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) to print!Seewww.pickyourown.org/alllaboutcanning.htmfor many other canning directions and recipes
How to Make Homemade Pumpkin Pie - from aReal Pumpkin, Not a Can!
You probably take canned pumpkin for granted. You'rethere, the can is there, there's a pumpkin on the label...open it and mix it up with spices to make a pie, right?Ah, but a pumpkin pie made from a fresh pumpkintastes so much better than the glop that was processedlast year! Here's how to do it, complete instructions ineasy steps and completely illustrated. And it is mucheasier than you think!
Directions for Making Pumpkin Pie from Scratch
 Yield:
It really depends on the size of the pumpkin and the size of your pie plate.If you use a 6" to 8" pie pumpkin and a full deep dish 9" pie plate, then it shouldfill that pie to the brim and maybe have enough extra for either a small, shallowpie (or a crustless pie - see step 11). Some people manage to make 2 full pies.
Ingredients and Equipment
a pie pumpkin (see step 1)A sharp, large serrated knifean ice cream scoopa large microwaveable bowl or large potPie crust (Click here for illustrated pie crust instructions!they will open in anew window)Seestep 10for the spices and other ingredients
 
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Recipe and Directions
Step 1 - Get your pie pumpkin
"Pie pumpkins" are smaller, sweeter, less grainytextured pumpkins than the usual jack-o-lanterntypes. Grocery stores usually carry them in lateSeptember through December in the U.S. Note:the Libby's can of cooked pumpkin is just therefor reference - it is the small can, so that gives you an idea of the size of a typical pie pumpkin.They're only about 8 inches in diameter. If you're in a pinch and can't find a pie pumpkin, here's a tip: butternut squash tastealmost the same! Commercial canned pumpkin is from a variety of butternut, nottrue pumpkins! If you DO use a regular Jack O' Lantern type pumpkin, you mayneed to add about 25% more sugar and run the cooked pumpkin through a blenderor food processor to help smooth it out.Just like selecting any squash, look for one that is firm, no bruises or soft spots,and a good orange color. One 8" pie pumpkin usually makes one 9 inch pie!
Step 2 - Prepare the pumpkin for cooking
Wash the exterior of the pumpkin in cool orwarm water, no soap.Cut the pumpkin in half. A serrated knife anda sawing motion works best - a smooth knife ismore likely to slip and hurt you! A visitorsuggests using a hand saw.
 
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Step 3 - Scoop out the seeds...
And scrape the insides. You want to get out thatstringy, dangly stuff that coats the inside surface.I find a heavy ice cream scoop works great for this.Note: SAVE THE SEEDS:The seeds can be used either to plant pumpkins next year, or roasted to eat this year! Place them in abowl of water and rub them between your hands.then pick out the orange buts (throw that away) anddrain off the water. Spread them out on a cleantowel or paper towel to dry and they're ready tosave for next year's planting or roast.
Click herefor roasting instructions!
(opens in a new window)
Step 4 - Cooking the pumpkin
There are several ways to cook the pumpkin; just choose use your preferredmethod. Most people have microwaves, and the use the least energy, so I'lldescribe that here. But others make good arguments in favor of using a pressurecooker, steaming on the stovetop or baking in the oven. I’ll describe microwavinghere, and at the end of this document, I’ve included alternative instructions toreplace step 4, if you’d rather use a differentmethod.
Put it in a microwaveable bowl
Remove the stem, and put the pumpkin into amicrowaveable. You may need to cut thepumpkin further to make it fit. The fewer thenumber of pieces, the easier it will to scoop outthe cooked pumpkin afterwards.Put a couple of inches of water in the bowl, cover it, and put in the microwave.

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