Fresh PumpkinFreezing  is by far the easiest way to preserve fresh pumpkin and will give you the best quality product over other preservation methods.

Preparation

When selecting pumpkin to freeze look for mature, full colored pumpkins with a fine texture. Wash the pumpkin and cut into cubes, removing the seeds as you go.  The rind may be left on the pumpkin. If you plan to cook the pumpkin in the oven you may halve it and place the cut side down for cooking.

Cooking

The pumpkin should be cooked until the flesh is tender. You may boil, steam, bake or cook the pumpkin in a pressure cooker.  Once cooked, place the pumpkin in cool water to cool.  When cooling is complete remove the rind and mash the cooked flesh to your desired texture.

Freezing

Package the pumpkin in freezer bags or containers, leaving 1/2 inch of head-space. Seal the container and place the packages in the freezer.  The frozen pumpkin can be stored for up to one year.

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