Featured Pumpkin Recipes
Served at the Pilgrims' second Thanksgiving in 1623, pumpkin pie is still one of the country's favorite desserts, and an important Thanksgiving feast tradition across the country.
Though canned pumpkin is usually used for pumpkin desserts and soups year-round, fresh cooked pumpkin can be puréed and used in any recipe calling for pumpkin. Smaller pumpkins are best for cooking, yielding sweeter and more tender flesh than the very large pumpkins.
A 5-pound pumpkin will yield about 4 1/2 cups of mashed, cooked pumpkin. One can of pumpkin, 15 to 16 ounces, yields about 2 cups of mashed pumpkin.
On the next page, you'll find instructions for cooking fresh pumpkins, including how to purée and freeze for future use.