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How to boil water is a section were you will find tutorials on cooking techniques that will help you accomplish more efficiently the recipes on this blog. I hope these tricks and  how-tos give you more confidence and help you brush your skills in the kitchen.

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Mariana

How to roast a Pumpkin 101

When it comes the time to how roast a Pumpkin for the first time it might feel like an awkward task. WEll is not at all, in fact once you learn this easy method to the madness, it is very simple, easy and rewarding…

Now, why not choosing the easy way a can?… For me is all about flavor; and if we talk about other facts like cost and yield, roasting your pumpkin at home will always be the best option.

What about time? It takes about  one hour and fifteen minutes from beginning to end. The reward?…you will have an arsenal of delicious, no metal flavor, no artificial additives, all  natural roasted pumpkin in your freezer. Can you apply this method to any of the other pumpkins and squashes out there? Definitely yes!, just adjust the cooking time for smaller squashes like, butternut squash, and acorn squash, they might need around 25-35 minutes.

I love to buy 2 or 3 small size pumpkins, because I find them easier to handle and very meaty. The yield I usually get from them is about 4-5 cups per pumpkin. I freeze the puree in small flat batches using freezer bags, so it is so easy and fast to defrost when cooking time comes. I hope this helps you and encourage to roast a pumpkin.

Method:

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1.  Wipe the outside of your pumpkins with a damp towel. Cut in half, length wise always  cut away from your hand, like in the picture below.

2. Using kitchen scissors remove  the fibers and seeds. (Save the seeds, they make a delicious simple snack!)

3. Preheat the oven at 450F. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil, or parchment paper.

4. Place the pumpkin halves upside down, and bake  at 425F for 45 to 60 minutes, or until they feel soft when a knife   is inserted.

5. Once they are done, remove from oven let them cool for 15-20 minutes, and  start to  scrape the pulp . place it into a bowl  or a food processor . Puree until smooth.

6. Once the puree has cool down, measure and place it on freezer bags. Keep in mind that by flattening  your bags and freezing them flat will  reduce the defrost time .

7. If you save the  seeds,  rinse them, until no fibers are attached to them, path them dry,  spread them on a baking sheet,  and toss them with some grape seed oil or olive oil, se salt, chili powder , paprika, and spread them into one layer on a baking sheet. Bake for 30 minutes  at 325 F / 160 C and toss every 10 minutes with a wooden spatula.

Pull them out of the oven  let them cool for a bit and enjoy a healthy almost  free snack!

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What to do with the seeds?

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Some of my favorite pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin Poblano Soup

Pumpkin Doughnut Bites

Pumpkin Bread with Matcha Streusel

Swirly Butternut Squash and Kale  Soup

Warm acorn squash Salad

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