Cooking pumpkin is actually a lot easier than you would think. Steam cooking pumpkin is the prefered way to make sure the flavor stays inside.
To steam the pumpkin begin by cutting it in half. Next you'll want to take a spoon and scoop out all the seeds and pull off the strings. If you have a steamer then you're in luck, but most people such as myself don't have such a luxury so I tend to use a metal colander to fit into a larger pot.
Another way you can go about cooking pumpkin is to boil it. The process to begin is the same as steaming, you'll want to cut the pumpkin half and pull out the seeds and strings. After it's all cleaned out cut the pumpkin into small sections and peel away the outer layer. Take the pumpkin cuts and put them into your lightly salted water. Boil the pumpkin for 20-25 minutes.
Personally I prefer steam cooking pumpkin than boiling it. From my experience it seems that steam cooking pumpkin keeps the flavor of the pumpkin and that's what you want. That doesn't mean boiling it is a bad thing, my favorite soup recipes involve boiled pumpkins.
If you decide to make pumpkin soup, after it's finished heating you'll either want to immediately want to serve it or you may want to chill it. Pumpkin soup is actually very tasty cold. If you haven't tried it yet I would definetly recommend it.
If you went the pumpkin puree route your probably going the traditional route and baking a pie. I would suggest pumpkin pudding, this stuff is absouluty amazing. Not only is it just as tasty, but it's at least ten times faster. Pumpkin pudding is essentially pumpkin pie without the crust which is yum yum yum!
There are plenty of recipes online involving pumpkins, but if your looking for something simple I would stick to a soup, pie, or pudding. These recipes are the easiest and the quickest so you can do what really matters around the holidays, spending time with your family.
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