The Great Pumpkin Experiment


I really like the idea of using fresh home-grown food as much as possible to feed my family.  Often, it’s not only healthier; it can often save you money.


If you read my last post, I bought a sugar pumpkin last Saturday at the Rochester Public Market.  I decided to go ahead and make my own pumpkin puree for use in all kinds of tasty fall treats. 


With this whole experiment, I really want to answer one question.  Is it worth the effort? 


Here’s what I did:


  • Step 1:  Cut the pumpkin in half – bottom to stem.
  • Step 2:  Scoop of the insides.  Took me a little longer because I saved the pumpkin seeds to roast later.
  • Step 3:  Cut each half of the pumpkin in half again.

  • Step 4:  Place the halves in a roasting pan with a little bit of water in the bottom.  Bake for about an hour or until you can insert a fork easily.
  • Step 5:  Scoop out the pulp of the pumpkin from the skin and place it in a food processor.  Process until smooth.

I’d say the whole process took me about 30 minutes of prep time and an hour and ten minutes of cook time.  My little sugar pumpkin made the equivalent of about 2 – 29 oz cans of pure pumpkin.  Wegmans sells each can for $2.49 and my pumpkin cost me $1.50 which adds up to a savings of $3.48.


In addition, I used my pumpkin seeds to make Roasted Spiced Pumpkin Seeds and got a nice healthy snack for the whole family.  I didn’t weigh my seeds, but at Wegmans’ price of $4.49/lb.  My seeds were a bargain!


Not too shabby!  I’d have to say if you have the time, it’s totally worth it!


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