Organic pumpkin puree can be pricey. Whole organic pumpkins and other local winter squash can often be found for a deal this time of year. Thankfully, learning how to make pumpkin puree from scratch is easy.

A jar of pumpkin puree on a napkin surrounded by fresh pumpkins.

This basic process is relatively hands-off and results in a yummy puree to begin many sweet and savory dishes alike.

Get Ready

You’ll need a high-rimmed baking sheet, a sharp knife, a bowl, and a big spoon.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and proceed:

Step 1: Cut the Pumpkin in Half

Use a very good knife. Something heavy and sharp is required to get through the cured skin of winter squash. Simply insert the knife at the top near the stem. Slice downward. Move the knife around the squash until reach the other side of the stem.

A pumpkin cut in half with seeds exposed.

Pull the halves apart. Remove the stem from the pumpkin.

Step 2: Remove the Seeds and Strings

Use a big spoon and scrape all the seeds and strings out. Save and wash the seeds to make roasted pumpkin seeds, if desired. It’s easiest to do this over a bowl.

A pumpkin half with the seeds removed sitting next to a bowl of the seeds with a spoon.

Step 3: Bake the Pumpkin

Place the pumpkin cut-side down on the baking sheet. Place the squash into the preheated oven. Bake for 30 minutes to an hour. Time will vary based on the size of the pumpkin.

Cooked pumpkin halves on a baking sheet with a fork piercing the skin.

The pumpkin is cooked when the flesh is easily pierced with a fork. Remove from the oven and let cool.

Step 4: Scoop the Flesh from the Skin

Again using a spoon, scoop the flesh from the skin. Lightly scrape the sides of the flesh to remove all the bits of cooked pumpkin. Spoon this into a bowl.

Step 5: Mash or Puree the Cooked Pumpkin

Turn the cooked pumpkin into puree by putting it into a blender or food processor and pulsing until smooth. Alternatively, mash well with a potato masher.

Storing the Puree

It will keep in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. Freeze it for up to 6 months in containers or bags.

It is not safe to can pumpkin puree.

Using Pumpkin Puree

Use your homemade pumpkin puree in any recipe as you would canned. It works for pie, cookies, cakes, soups, and more.

Soft pumpkin cookies on a plate.

Try using it in one of these pumpkin spice recipes. You can even dehydrate it for pumpkin pie leather!

It is as easy that to make pumpkin puree from scratch. So get out there and take advantage of the Autumn seasonal abundance.

A jar of pumpkin puree sitting on a cloth surrounded by 2 fresh pumpkins with text overlay.
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Kathie is a writer, gardener, and teacher living with her soulmate, Jeff, in northwestern Montana. As a fiercely D.I.Y. individual, she is dedicated to living a life made of her own hands as much as possible.

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