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How To Easily Cook a Whole Pumpkin in the Slow Cooker

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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 Easily Cook a Whole Pumpkin in the Slow Cooker and get pumpkin Puree!

  • 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!

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How to easily cook a whole pumpkin in the slow cooker and make pumpkin puree to use in recipes. It's healthy, easy, and homemade!

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