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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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Nov 05, 2014

 

I have been sharing a lot of recipes calling for pumpkin purée lately but not all of them are created equal.  Most of them are loaded with pesticides and put in cans lined with toxic chemicals.  The good news is you can easily make it at home!  Here are the steps to do so...

 1) Cut the tops off of the pumpkins, slice them in half and scoop out all the seeds.

 

2) Cut the halves into wedges.

 

3) Roast in the oven at 350° for 45 minutes to an hour.  Until easily pierced with a fork.

 

4) Using yours hands or a knife, peel the skin away from the flesh. 

 

5) In a high powered blender (I use a Vitamix) or food processor blend the pumpkin until it's completely smooth.  If the pumpkin is a little dry you can add a splash of water.

 

Now it is ready to be used in your favorite fall recipes or frozen for later use.  Sometimes I put mine in ice cube trays and once frozen I move them into a container and store until I need some pumpkin.  This homemade purée really makes a big difference  from the canned stuff and you know that all that is in it is pumpkin.  It doesn't get much better than that!

After getting a lot of good feedback on my Vegetable Stock recipe I have considered doing more posts covering kitchen basics.  I would love to hear your thoughts on this in the comments below!

Pumpkin Purée
Makes about 5 cups

INGREDIENTS

2 small to medium baking pumpkins

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Cut the tops off of the pumpkins, slice them in half and scoop out all the seeds.

2. Cut the halves into wedges.

3. Roast in the oven at 350° for 45 minutes to an hour.  Until easily pierced with a fork.

4. Using yours hands or a knife, peel the skin away from the flesh.

5. In a high powered blender or food processor blend the pumpkin until it's completely smooth.  If the pumpkin is a little dry you can add a splash of water. 

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