2 Ways to Freeze Your Pumpkin Harvest

Now that the Garden has been put to bed, it’s time to take care of the pumpkin harvest – before they

We didn’t grow’em to let them rot away, plus we were experiencing a pesky fruit fly issue.

Those Pumpkins need to be taken care of pronto!

Two different approaches for freezing up your pumpkin harvest.  The first is steaming your pumpkins so you have pumpkin puree ready.  The second is "chunking" them.

In the past, I processed my pumpkins into a puree, but since I discovered pumpkins are delicious in my Roasted Vegetable Mixture, I decided that I’d freeze them in chunks (chunking!) this year.

How to Freeze your Pumpkin Harvest

Cut Pumpkins in Half and Remove the seeds
Cut Pumpkins in Half and Remove the seeds

Steaming and Pureeing Your Pumpkin

This method is quick and easy.

What you need:

  • Cutting Board
  • Large Knife
  • Spoon
  • Bowl for seeds
  • Steamer
  • Blender
  • Tongs to remove pumpkin

How To

  • Remove Stem
  • Wash Pumpkin
  • Cut in Half (or quarters if it is a large pumpkin)
  • Scoop out the seeds (Save them if you like roasted pumpkin seeds)
  • Fill steamer with a couple inches of water
  • Put pumpkin halves (quarters) in face down
  • Cover & steam until you can pierce with a fork
  • Carefully remove from steamer and let cool
  • Once it’s cool enough, scoop out the pumpkin meat and puree in a blender, til smooth and creamy.
  • Fill Freezer bags with your pumpkin (I usually do 1 1/2 – 2 cups)
  • Freeze and all you need to do now is clean up the mess and roast those pumpkin seeds!

Chunking It

This was more time-consuming!
But you don’t have to deal with a steamer and hot pumpkins.

Peel Pumpkins to cut into chunks
Peeling the pumpkins

What you need:

  • Cutting Board
  • Large Knife
  • Spoon
  • Bowl for seeds
  • A Good Peeler
I found this type of peeler perfect for the job

How To

  • Follow first four steps for steaming
  • Cut the top and bottom off of the pumpkin and discard
  • Peel the pumpkin halves
  • Cut What’s left into Chunks
  • Wash chuncks
  • Fill freezer bags with chunked pumpkin.

Bucket of pumpkins
I froze 6 bags of pumpkin chunks and 3 bags of pumpkin puree, not too bad for a days work.

I thought this was going quick and easy to freeze up our pumpkin harvest!
Boy was I wrong!!!
Processing one pumpkin here and there when you need it isn’t so bad.
Doing 11 in one day is a messy tiring job.

Happy we planned a dinner out, because when I was done?
I didn’t want any more kitchen duty!

If you haven’t guessed already, they’ll be more pumpkiny recipes headed your way over the next month.

Happy Baking!

Pumpkin Recipes You’ll Love
Overnight Pumpkin French Toast
Pumpkin-Buckwheat Pancakes

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