We love recipes with pumpkin. Last year I decided to make my own pumpkin puree by cooking my pumpkin in my oven. It was a giant flop! I cooked it forever and it never seemed to soften enough for me to puree it. Plus, I had the oven on for hours and it heated up my house too much (and used lots of gas).
So this year I decided to try to cook a pumpkin in my crock pot. It doesn’t heat up my house and and I can just put it on and forget about it. I love roasting my own pumpkin. I think it helps me save money and I have all those yummy pumpkin seeds to roast!
It was super easy.
How to make your own pumpkin puree in a Crock Pot
Use a small pie pumpkin.
Cut in into quarters.
Remove all the seeds and guts.
Place the pumpkin in the crock pot, flesh down.
Fill the crock pot up with about 1 inch of water.
Cover and cook on high for about 4 hours. My crock pot cooks hotter than most so you will know it’s cooked when the flesh separates from the skin.
Scoop out the flesh and put it into a food processor (or blender).
Puree until smooth.
I then put them in ziploc bags – 1 cup per bag. With 2 small pumpkins I got almost 5 cups of pumpkin puree. Plus I got all those seeds!
Easy enough! Next I will share how I roast my pumpkin seeds!