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Do you think fresh pumpkin puree is worth the effort?
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Posted to Thread #12304 at 2:50 pm on Oct 18, 2008
Reading my new yogajournal, they suggest that fresh pumpkin puree will allow you to omit a larger portion of sugar from a recipe because "tinned" pumpkin is bitter--thereby requiring more sugar.
Here's what CookingLight says;
<i><b>Canned versus fresh:</b> Preparing canned pumpkin is quicker, but fresh tastes sweeter. When it comes to nutritional value, fresh packs more fiber, but the heat used during the canning process causes more "bioavailable" beta-carotene to form. That means the body can process the nutrient more effectively, Kitchin says.</i>
I remember doing a test YEARS ago (okay, okay...it was actually DECADES ago.) I bought a "baking" pumpkin (for some reason "French pumpkin" is coming to mind...or maybe "sugar pumpkin"?) Anyway, took forever to find it, then I went through all the work of cleaning that sucker out and prepping it for pumpkin pie. Then I made two pies (same recipe), the one using the fresh puree and another using pure canned pumpkin. My father [Prime Test Case #1] said he couldn't taste any difference. Then he told me they both tasted good. [that's my dad for you.]
At that point, I figured WHY? Why go to all that work if there is no difference?
Since then I've always used tinned pumpkin. Now I'm wondering if I should give "fresh" another chance.
Stopped by at Walmarts today and they have huge bins of pumpkins...half wear a label marked "pie pumpkin"--but they look exactly like the ones for jack-o-lanterns. Is this just a marketing ploy?
What should I look for to use a "fresh pumpkin" for baking a pie?
What is the best way to prepare said pumpkin?
Or...was my dad right? Why should I even bother?
Jesus saves. Buddha recycles.
Other messages in this thread:
- 12304. Do you think fresh pumpkin puree is worth the effort? - MarilynFL - 2:50pm on 10/18/08 (22)
- Rec: Easy Fresh Pumpkin Puree - Classic Home Desserts [LINK] - Ann - 3:49pm on 10/18/08
- Ann, the text is limited to a small 2" square. I can scroll through it. Am I doing this right? [NT] - MarilynFL - 4:57pm on 10/18/08
- If link to recipe doesn't work, try googling "easy fresh pumpkin puree Classic Home Desserts" [LINK] - Ann - 9:45pm on 10/18/08
- ah, that worked...thanks Ann! [NT] - MarilynFL - 12:08pm on 10/19/08
- This intrigues me: Guy Savoy's French Pumpkin Pie [LINK] - MarilynFL - 5:02pm on 10/18/08
- Rec: Mexican Pumpkin Flan. Mar, I happened to see this [LINK] - Sandy_in_Philly - 5:46pm on 10/18/08
- Marilyn, we like fresh pumpkin better than canned. REC: Fresh Pumpkin Pie and Thai Pumpkin Soup - Dawn_MO - 5:22pm on 10/18/08
- ...and I'm almost afraid to try these: Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles [LINK] - MarilynFL - 6:59pm on 10/18/08
- Fresh vs. Tinned - BonnieinHolland - 7:05pm on 10/18/08
- I like to use butternut squash. I split the squash and roast it face down on an oiled cookie sheet. - PatBastrop - 8:33pm on 10/18/08
- From what I understand is most canned pumpkin is butternut squash. I love butternuts, as a veg, in - Nan - 9:25pm on 10/18/08
- Really? Squash sold as pumpkin? Are they allowed to do that? [NT] - MarilynFL - 9:31am on 10/19/08
- Actually pumpkins are squash--here are two interesting links-- [NT] [LINK] [IMAGE] - Nan - 1:51pm on 10/19/08
- I used fresh (a large one) for a pie once and we ended up throwing it out. But these days - Shaun in TO - 8:48pm on 10/18/08
- Check Nov/Dec issue of Cooks Illustrated. they say very few tasters could tell the difference ..... - Janet in NC - 10:04pm on 10/18/08
- canned pumpkin is very heavy and dark... fresh is lighter all around and tastes MARvelous! [NT] - cheezz - 10:25pm on 10/18/08
- Poor Marilyn. I think we've given her a headache. She must be watching Young Frankenstein like me [NT] - Sandy_in_Philly - 12:24am on 10/19/08
- I LOVE that movie! And The Producers & High Anxiety. Just watched the Marx Brothers' Room Service - Meryl - 12:49am on 10/19/08
- I see you have good taste! I love Mel Brooks' movies - High Anxiety is a scream!! [NT] - Sandy_in_Philly - 1:20am on 10/19/08
- Thanks all for the great responses. I don't think I'll bother with the Walmart version - MarilynFL - 9:33am on 10/19/08
- From the NY Times REC: Brandied Pumpkin & Chestnut Pie... - charlie - 3:25pm on 10/19/08
- make your own ala Pioneerwoman. [NT] [LINK] - AngAk - 6:29pm on 10/20/08