Happy Fall!! In honor of fall I am adding a post on how to make your own pumpkin purée using a crock pot and a blender. I love pumpkin dishes they are so hearty and nutritious. I also love the fact that by making my own pumpkin purée I get to by pass the aluminum can that store bought pumpkin purée sits in, making it taste so yummy and fresh. So making your own purée is as easy as saying pumpkin:
This is what ya do....
1. Buy a pumpkin at the grocery store. I went to Trader Joes and bought a small pumpkin in the produce section.
2. Pull out your crock pot and place pumpkin in it and set it on high.
3. Cook for about two to three hours. You will tell that it is done when you can insert a fork into it without any resistance.
4. After it is done cooking cut it in half , scrape out all seeds and pumpkin strings. Set aside. Then scrape out the pumpkin and place it in a bowl. Now put a little amount of water in the bottom of the blender and add the pumpkin. Blend until smooth.
P.S. Save the seeds to plant a pumpkin for next year ( my kids got really excited about growing their own pumpkin) or toast them in the oven with a little salt and olive oil for a tasty pumpkin seed treat.