How Do You Prepare Fresh Pumpkins For Baking?

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How Do You Prepare Fresh Pumpkins For Baking?

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Want to expand your “baking horizons”? Try using fresh pumpkin instead of canned this year. Just follow these simple directions to prepare your pumpkin for baking.Difficulty: AverageTime Required: 25 MinutesHere’s How: • Rinse pumpkin. • Place in the microwave. • Microwave on high for 2 minutes. • Remove from oven. • Pierce entire pumpkin skin deeply with a fork or metal skewer. • Microwave on high for another 2 to 4 minutes. • Remove from oven and wrap in foil. • Let stand for about 5 minutes. • Slice open the pumpkin. • Remove seeds. • Scrape-out pulp. • Mash pulp.Tips: • Don’t use those huge pumpkins that are used for Jack-O-Lanterns. The meat is tasteless and dry. • Pick what is called a “Pie Pumpkin”, which is between the size of a softball or cantaloupe. • The entire pumpkin should be completely dotted from piercing. • About 2 cups of pulp is needed to make a 9-inch pie. • A 15-ounce can of pure pumpkin holds about 1-3/4 cups of densely-packed pulp. What You Need: • Pumpkin(s) •

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