Yes, you can use real pumpkin in your Pampered Chef recipes. Here are the answers to the top 5 frequently asked questions about using real pumpkin.
Yes, you can use fresh pumpkin in place of canned pumpkin in most recipes. However, keep in mind that fresh pumpkin may have a different texture and flavor than canned pumpkin, so the end result may vary slightly.
To prepare fresh pumpkin for cooking, start by selecting a small pie pumpkin (also known as a sugar pumpkin) instead of a large carving pumpkin. Cut the pumpkin in half, scoop out the seeds and stringy pulp, and then roast or steam the pumpkin until it is soft. Once cooled, scoop out the flesh and use it in your recipe.
Yes, you should cook the pumpkin before using it in a recipe. Pumpkin needs to be cooked to soften the flesh and develop its flavor. This can be done by roasting, steaming, or even microwaving the pumpkin.
No, pumpkin pie filling and pureed pumpkin are not the same and cannot be used interchangeably in recipes. Pumpkin pie filling has added sugar and spices, while pureed pumpkin is just plain pumpkin.
Fresh pumpkin puree will last for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it for up to 3 months. Make sure to store it in an airtight container or freezer bag.