Pumpkin Puree (and so much more…)

This isn’t a recipe as such but there are hundreds that could come of it.2014-10-28 21.49.50

I despise food waste. It’s an opinion I’m very vocal about and not afraid to share. According to the Independent we throw away 1,500 double decker buses worth of pumpkin every year. That’s a hefty amount of pumpkin and a prime example of food wastage at its worst. You go through all that hard work to carve out a Jack O’Lantern and then what – bin the good stuff?! Nope. I implore you, don’t do it. Your pumpkin’s potential is immense. Soups, curries, even pumpkin butter – the possibilities are endless! For an extensive list of recipes check out this Buzzfeed community post by yours truly, but just to get the ball rolling here’s an easy peasy way to make sure your pumpkin doesn’t go to waste this Halloween.

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Pumpkin puree:

  1. First separate the seeds from the flesh – you can eat them too, great to garnish soups, throw into granola, salads or just as a snack.
  2. Either boil the pumpkin flesh in a pot of water until tender, or roast for 40 – 50 minutes until soft. I recommend roasting because it dries out the flesh a bit, either way you should still drain the pumpkin once it’s cooked by placing it in a sieve over a bowl to get rid of excess moisture.
  3. Roast the seeds for 10 – 15 minutes, or until lightly browned – keep an eye on them and you should be fine.

Now you’ve got pumpkin puree to work with the kitchen is your oyster. Store in the fridge for a couple of days until you’re ready to use it, or freeze for later.

Alternatively if you’re more feeling more wine and dine than trick or treat, this excellent peanut and pumpkin curry by delicious. magazine is a failsafe crowd pleaser. The picture below is my attempt and it was as delicious as the magazine’s title suggests – I recommend an extra tablespoon of peanut butter and a little green chilli to really give it a creamy kick.

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Click here for the recipe.

Have a happy, food filled, Halloween!

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