Learning how to cook a pumpkin is surprisingly fast and easy, and a pumpkin pie made with fresh pumpkin is tastier than a pie made with canned pumpkin. These easy steps will show you how to cook a pumpkin for pumpkin pie, pumpkin butter, pumpkin bread and other recipes that use canned pumpkin puree.
To begin, you'll need:
- One pie pumpkin, about 6 to 8 inches in diameter (also called sugar pumpkins or eating pumpkins
- A long serrated knife
- A cutting board
- A spoon
- A mixing bowl
- A large pot, such as a stock pot
- A steamer insert
- An immersion blender or a food processor
Wash the pumpkin well with cool water, and cut or break off the stem. Place a steamer insert in a large pot and add a few inches of water to the pot. Put the pot on the stove over high heat.