Just so you know, I’m not a expert, so If the pumpkin looks done but your timer hasn’t gone of yet, pull it out and check it.
That done with, pumpkin puree is awesome. There are SO many things you could make with it: Pumpkin cake, pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin ice cream, the list is endless! I hope to post some recipes soon.
(as a note, do not try to can pumpkin puree. There’s a certain bacteria that can grow and is dangerous don’t ask me why. You can can chunks of cooked pumpkin, but I’m not the person to ask.)
Wash the pumkin well (no soap), rubbing to remove any dirt.
Once the pumpkin’s clean, put it on a cutting board (you might want to dry it first). Roll it around a bit to see how it naturally rests. Then using a big serrated knife, slice it right through the middle.
Then, using a big spoon or your hands scoop out the guts. Here’s before and after gut scooping:
Once you got all you guts out, cut of the stem. Now’s the time to preheat the oven to around 350 degrees.
Now find some kind of pans that in each one could fit half the pumpkin and add about a inch of water to the bottom of each.
Put the pumpkin in the oven and go do something because it will probably take at least a half hour. After the half hour take out the pumpkin and stab it with a fork and if its nice and soft then its ready. If its not ready yet, just put back in the oven and bake for about another ten to fifteen minutes before taking out and checking again.
When its done let it cool enough so you could touch it without burning your finger off. I find it cools faster if you pull it out of the pan and let it sit and cool on your cutting board or somewhere other than in the hot water. When its cool just find a table knife and run it between the pumpkin’s skin and the flesh. throw the skin in the compost and throw the meat in the blender or food processor and blend until it becomes a beautiful pumpkin puree and your done! You could also use a hand mixer but the easiest way is to use a blender.