Fresh vs. Canned Pumpkin, which is best? Testing fresh pumpkin puree, regular canned pumpkin, and organic canned pumpkin to find out! Plus a how-to video.
1-2pie or sugar pumpkins
Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil.
Using a large sharp knife, slice off the stems then cut each pumpkin in half. Spoon out all the seeds and pulp, reserving the seeds for roasting if desired. Place the pumpkin on the baking sheet, skin side down, and roast for about 45 minutes, or until fork tender. Let cool until comfortable enough to handle.
Use your fingers to peel off the skin. Place the pumpkin flesh in the bowl of a food processor, high-powered blender, or food mill. Puree until completely smooth, this may take several minutes. Turn off motor and stir mixture occasionally to ensure an even puree. If the puree looks dry, add a tablespoon or two of water.
Use or store in the fridge in an airtight container for up to a week or in the freezer for 6 to 8 months.
To Roast the Seeds:
Place the pulp and seeds in a colander and run under cold water, removing the pulp from the seeds. Spread the seeds out evenly on a rimmed baking sheet and let air dry for several hours or overnight, do not attempt to blot with paper towels. Drizzle with 2 teaspoons olive oil and generously season with salt and other desired flavorings. Roast low and slow at 250°F for 1 hour, or until golden. Serve.