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How to Cook a Pumpkin

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What You'll Need to Cook a Pumpkin
How to Cook a Pumpkin
©2009 Jessica Harlan licensed to About.com, Inc.

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.

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