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Winter Squash: Cooking and Freezing Photo Essay

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cooking pumpkins


Turning the left photo into the right: read on!

cut the pumpkin


Cut the pumpkin in half with a large knife.


pumpkin cut in half



As it is cut in half
remove the strings


Remove the strings.



bake cut side down


Bake at 350 degrees or 400 degrees until a fork goes smoothly through, like baking a potato. (usually 30 minutes - an hour or more: depends on the size of the squash, the type of the squash, and the heat in the oven.)

Oh! I just called the pumpkin a squash! well... pumpkins are a type of winter squash.

out of the oven


Out of the oven, read to remove the pumpkin meat into the food processor. (I find that blenders don't do the job. borrow a friend's food processor if you don't have one. or search Craig's List!)



scooping out the meat



Scooping out the meat of the pumpkin

into the food processor


Into the food processor

ready to measure and jar up


Ready to measure and jar up

16+ cups of puree



16+ cups of puree

into freezer jars



Into freezer jars: I used 1.5 cups for mine.

musquee de provence pumpkin



Musquee de provence pumpkin