What to do with pumpkin and freezing pumpkin puree

Here’s what to do with pumpkins, what to make with pumpkin and how to cut a pumpkin. Also how to make homemade pumpkin puree and freezing pumpkin puree.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword freezing pumpkin puree, Homemade Pumpkin Puree, how to cut a pumpkin, Roasting Pumpkin, what to do with pumpkins,, what to make with pumpkin
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings 4
Author Evelyn


  • Fresh whole Pumpkin or leftover carved pumpkins


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Cut the pumpkins into hand size chunks or quarters with the peel still attached.    And if you haven’t already, clean out seeds and pulp and save seeds for roasting later.
  • Place pumpkin pieces on a baking sheet lined with the parchment paper cut side up so the skin is touching the baking sheet.  This way if the pumpkin gets a little too brown on the bottom, it’s on the peel which will be removed.
  • Place in the 350F degree oven and roast for about 45 minutes until they are fork-tender. 
  • Remove from oven and allow to cool.   Then peel off the skin from the pumpkin pieces or scoop out the meat of the pumpkin with a large spoon. Discard skin.
  • Place pumpkin in a food processor, a few scoops at a time. Working in batches, pulse until the pumpkin is smooth.
  • Use immediately or place in quart size freezer bags or 2 cup freezer containers and freeze.


2 cups of pumpkin puree equal to a 15 oz can of pure pumpkin