How to freeze pumpkin

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How to freeze pumpkin
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Read on to learn how to freeze pumpkin in raw chunks and in cooked puree to easily use in soups and recipes.

Freeze raw pumpkin
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To freeze raw pumpkin chunks, peel the pumpkin, thoroughly scoop out the seeds, and cut the flesh into 2 to 3cm chunks. Loosely fill it in freezer bags. Do not pack it too tightly, or the frozen chunks will stick together and make it difficult to remove only a portion.

Freeze pumpkin puree
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Pumpkin puree is extremely useful to have on hand. You can easily remove it from the freezer to add to soups or to use in sweet baked goods, such as muffins, pies and cakes.

Pumpkin puree can be either frozen in small freezer bags, or in disposable cups. To release the pumpkin from the disposable cups, you can remove the disposable cups by holding them upside down under hot running water for a few seconds, or, simply cut the cups open.

If using a freezer bag, pack the frozen pumpkin into the bags and try to leave in as little air as possible. Freeze the bags flat in the freezer, which will make them easier to defrost later. They can also be placed under running hot water to loosen the contents of the bag.

Measure before freezing
It's extremely useful if you measure the contents before freezing. If you have a lot of pumpkin to freeze, you can measure in various quantities - 250g, 500g, etc. Label the bag or cup with the exact measure - that way when you go to the freezer with a specific recipe in mind, you know which to choose!

More tips
• You can use this same method to freeze other types of winter squash, such as butternut squash. Our Winter squash varieties article outlines all of them for you!

• Pumpkin puree is easy to make - it's as simple as baking or steaming the pumpkin, then pureeing in a blender or food processor. Our Pumpkin puree recipe shows you how in more detail.

• Don't bin the seeds! Roast them for a healthy and tasty snack - our Roasting pumpkin seeds article shows you how.

Pumpkin recipes
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For hundreds of ways to enjoy pumpkin, from cakes to curries, browse our collection of Pumpkin recipes!
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  • Thanks, this advice is excellent & roast pumpkin for one once a week ends up in a lot of waste. This solution will mean no more waste, better for environment and I'll be saving money on pumpkin
    Posted: 23 Jan 2015 Easy

    Comment: Whitey

    Glut of pumpkins this year. As I am the only one who eats them this is a super way of keeping over winter. Thanks...
    Posted: 03 Dec 2014
    • Whitey
    • Intermediate
    • Limoges, France
    Great idea! As there's only 2 of us in our household I can put any surplus in the freezer and avoid waste ... one of my pet hates is throwing food away!
    Posted: 19 Oct 2012 Easy


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