DIY Fresh Pumpkin Purée Recipe.
If you have been buying canned pumpkins, you have been doing it wrong. The best and freshest pumpkin puree you will ever get is the one you make yourself. So, if you are interested in learning how to make fresh pumpkin puree from scratch, keep reading. First, you will go to your nearest grocery store and grab you a fresh, healthy-looking pumpkin. Second, roast it in the oven. Third, blend it up! It is this easy peasy to make pumpkin puree from scratch.When you make pumpkin puree from scratch, you are guaranteed the freshest puree, that is light, creamy, fluffy, yellowy, unadulterated, and perfect for any pumpkin recipe, whether sweet or savory! The same cannot be said of canned… Click To Tweet
Canned vs Fresh Pumpkin Puree.
The difference between fresh and canned pumpkin purée speaks for themselves – the fresh purees are, (well), fresh, creamy, velvety, and just all-round the real thing! Unlike the canned pumpkin puree, which has additional preservatives and ingredients that help it stay in good shape over a long time. Usually, homemade pumpkin puree from scratch has a bright yellow color and very pumpkiny in flavor; on the other hand, canned pumpkins are dense and have a dark orange color. And depending on if you buy regular or organic, the color and texture will change even more. YIKES!
Is Canned and Fresh Pumpkin Purée the same thing?
Ideally, the canned pumpkin purée and fresh pumpkin puree are supposed to be the same; unfortunately, they aren’t. Well, let me reframe; “certain brands” of canned pumpkin purées use/add other ingredients other than pumpkin even though the labels may say “100% pumpkin—ingredients such as other winter squashes (butternut, acorn, Boston Marrow, etc., may be added. Next time you are shopping for canned pureed pumpkin, be sure to read the label very well. Finally, I recommend making pumpkin puree from scratch; it is always the safest and most reliable option.
How do you make Pumpkin Puree from Scratch?
First, bake the fresh pumpkin, second, blend or puree it; that’s it! Today, I am excited to show you this two steps in detail, so, you can easily do it by yourself. The truth is that making pumpkin purée is easy; in other words, there is absolutely no reason not to make yours. Not to boast, but I have never used canned pumpkin purée! Since I discovered pumpkins, I always make mine, and in batch for all my pumpkin needs. This photo shows the exact steps I use every time – step 1. ⤵️
Step 2 of making Pumpkin purée. ⤵️
Can I buy pumpkin puree?
Yes, fortunately, you can buy pumpkin puree from any grocery store. You can also order canned pumpkin purée online.
What do I need to make pumpkin purée?
The only ingredient you need to make pumpkin purée is fresh pumpkin.
Is this Keto Friendly?
The pumpkin you make from scratch has only ingredient – pumpkin. As long as there is no added sugar, you should be able to use this puree in your pumpkin keto meals/recipes.
What can I substitute for pumpkin purée?
You can substitute pumpkin puree with mashed sweet potato, mashed butternut squash, or other winter squashes.
Best Tips for Pumpkin Purée from Scratch.
Homemade pumpkin purée is hands down the best! And to make it at home, you have to buy a fresh, healthy whole pumpkin! The best pumpkin puree is the one you make yourself from scratch. It is different from canned purée in color and texture; if you taste homemade fresh pumpkin puree, you will never go back to canned. Pumpkin puree from scratch all the… Click To Tweet
How to Make Pumpkin Purée from Scratch
- Total Time: 55 minutes
- Diet: Vegan
Homemade pumpkin puree is the best – fresh, fluffy, flavorful, and the real deal! Making pumpkin puree from scratch is easy peasy, and there is absolutely no reason to ever buy canned pumpkins. Learn how to make pumpkin puree from scratch and use it for all your pumpkin recipes. Make in batch and freeze the leftover for whenever you need them!
1 whole pumpkin (small, medium, or big works just fine)
- Preheat over to 400.
- Wash the pumpkin, set on a clean surface.
- Use a sharp knife to make a circular hole around the pumpkin’s head, then remove the head.
- Use that same knife or another big knife to cut vertically to the bottom, dividing the pumpkin into halves.
- Use a spoon to scoop out all the pumpkin seeds from both halves.
- On a parchment paper-lined baking sheet lay the pumpkin halves skin up.
- Bake until soft; the color of the skin may change. Check with a knife to ensure pumpkin is soft, remove from oven and allow to cool.
- Then gently tear off the skin revealing a beautiful yellowy-orange color soft pumpkin.
- Cut into cubes, and use a food processor to blend until smooth and pureed.
- Scoop out and store in the fridge (or freezer) and use for all your yummy pumpkin recipes. My healthier pumpkin brownie remains one of my best!
This recipe can work for any size of Pumpkin!
Do not blend this with any water.
If you are using small size pumpkins, the baking time may change. For this very big pumpkin I baked it up to 40 – 45 minutes.
Also, if you are using small pumpkins the skin may hard to tear off, so, allow to completely cool, and then you can use a spoon to scoop into the food processor to purée.
- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 45
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
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I love cooking with pumpkin! Thank you for this simple recipe. Can’t wait to try it. At this time of year it’s easy to find pumpkins since it’s October but where do you find pumpkins the rest of the year? Or is it just best to make a ton of it now to freeze?
Thank you so much, Jackie!
I only find pumpkins at this time of the year, as well. So, I make a batch, and I freeze. With pumpkin purée, a little goes a long way in cooking.
This big pumpkin made more than 20 cups of purée! I may not be able to use it for all my pumpkin recipes this Fall/Winter season, so I always freeze the remaining to use whenever I need it. Hope this helps.
I’ll admit that sometimes I’m just too lazy for making my own but this is a great method when I do have the time!
I hear you, and I get it! Canned pumpkin purées are so convenient! I make this only once a year, and I think it is worth the time at that point. Hopefully, you can give it a try when you have ample of time!😊
Thanks so much for stopping by!🙏🏾
I love how easy it is to make it from scratch,. Love your method. The great thing is you can freeze it too.
Thank you so much, Sara, for stopping by! Yes, it is effortless and freezable!
This looks so easy and a great idea for recipes! I can’t wait to make this!
Am glad you find this useful, Beth! Yes, it is such an easy peasy recipe!
I want to dive right into that golden bowl of deliciousness! Gorgeous stuff, I could live on it 🙂
You better believe that I always help myself with scoops of this pumpkin purée! So flavorful and refreshing!
I really loved how easy this is to make!! Thanks for sharing this!
Thank you so much, Toni! Glad this is helpful!