This year I decided not to waste my jack-o-lantern. Most other years we carve it and put it out on the front step/porch and leave it for a few weeks until it goes all rotten and then toss it. But what a waste of good pumpkin that is! So on Saturday I made Dan lug the giant pumpkin back in for me to attack with a knife.
|Poor little pumpkin|
It was a lot of work! That pumpkin was huge and I am
We cut it into four pieces.
Then into eight... sixteen... etc.
Finally it was all diced and ready to cook!
I actually had to do two full pots like this because there was so much of it. I think I underestimated the size of my pumpkin and how much it would actually produce. Once it was all cooked, mashed and ready to go, I measured out 2 cup servings and put them into bags to freeze.
Once again, I didn't realize how much pumpkin puree there was. I froze 15 bags of 2 cup servings. That is a lot of pumpkin muffins this winter!
It was a long day and I was tired at the end of it. But I am pleased to announce that I only had one battle wound by the end of it! The boiling hot pumpkin splashed out and got my hand. Which then blistered up and popped. So I have it covered with a trusty band-aid.
Oh, and some sore arm muscles. You know, since I'm so weak and all. :)