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pumpkin question - cooking with the big ones?

sasha1 | Nov 12, 2009 09:13 AM

I've never cooked with pumpkin, but feel like I've heard that if I do, I should avoid the big ones (i.e. halloween/carving pumpkins).

I'm looking to confirm or deny this info. This year we got lazy and meant to carve, but didn't. I hate to waste. I have a really large, 2 medium, and 2 small pumpkins. I took the biggest one today, and am in the process of prepping it 2 ways. I/2 was steamed, pureed, and is now draining over cheesecloth. 1/2 was roasted.

I'm assuming the problem with big pumkins is they are too watery, so my cooking methods are meant to reduce water and concentrate flavor. Please tell me if I'm wrong, because I don't want to ruin the dishes I'll put the pumpkin into.

I've got a lot from just the big one, so I was thinking some in soup, some in tea bread, maybe some pancakes... My little boy likes pumpkin pie but I think he's the only one until the relatives come in for t-day.

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