Tim brought home 5 small "pie" pumpkins last weekend. They were sitting in a box on our dining room table until a certain cat who will remain nameless (Gypsy) jumped on the table where she knows she isn't allowed to be and knocked the box in to the floor.
Way to go Gypsy.
So yesterday I grabbed two and began the long, involved process of turning them in to food. This is a two day process for me.
I scooped out every.single.seed and set them aside to make roasted pumpkin seeds. I had the joy of scooping out all the "guts" and tossing them out, then cutting the pumpkins in to large chunks to go in to the crock pot.
I washed off the pumpkin seeds and set them to roasting- they are so delicious, but I wish they weren't quite so time consuming to do. They came out perfectly though, Tim and I ended up eating about half last night before we forced ourselves to put the container up.
Tonight I'll get the pumpkin "meat" out of the crock pot and set to work making pies. I like to make little individually sized pumpkin pies, then freezer all but a few of them. It takes just a few minutes to warm one up in the microwave and it encourages Tim not to gorge on pie. I don't eat it and he doesn't like to see it go to waste, so one full sized pie tends to be more than we need.
I think I'll also make some pumpkin butter. I need to get more canning jars- I love to give canned things away as little gifts, but that means I don't usually get the jars back.
If I have as much pumpkin left over as I think I will once all 5 are processed, I may try canning some pie filling for later on.