An Easy Way to Can Pumpkins To Enjoy Later

We recommend starting with pie pumpkins for this. These are the smaller ones, just big enough to make into jack-o-lanterns. Their flesh has a much finer texture than the big guys that get entered in those giant pumpkin contests.

What You’ll Need:

  • pie pumpkin
  • water
  • pressure canner
  • sterilized canning jars with lids

What To Do:

  1. Carefully cut out the stem and remove the insides as if you’re making a jack-o-lantern.
  2. Cut the pumpkin into cubes, 3/4” roughly. Use a knife to cut the tough skin off the side of the cubes.
  3. Put the pumpkin cubes into a pot of water making sure all are under water.
  4. Boil until slightly tender (not mushy), up to 2 minutes or so depending on the size of your cubes.
  5. Remove the cubes from the water. Put them into sterilized jars.
  6. Pour the liquid from boiling the pumpkin over the cubes in the jars, leaving about 3/4” of space at the top.
  7. Put lids and seals in place and set the jars into the canner.
  8. Process at 15 lbs pressure. Pint jars need 55 minutes; quart jars 1.5 hours.

To make a puree just take these canned cubes and put them through a food processor or blender until smooth and consistent. Enjoy in pies, soups, and cakes any time of the year!

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