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    Default Excess pumpkin flesh.(Not me, the pumpkin)

    This is the first year i have grown an acceptable sized pumpkin, and I'm going to chop it up in a few days time.

    I have found a couple of recipies i want to try, a flan and some yummy looking pumpkin and choc chip muffins. (see this weeks AG for recipe) the thing is i will have loads of pumpkin flesh left over, (my pumpkin is 10Kg.) can i freeze some for later use..? and if so how is the best way.?

    Any advice always greatly appreciated. <kiss>

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    Seasprout
    I can't see why you can't freeze it. What I usually do is find recipes I really like then freeze whatever quantity is called for and in the manner in which it's used, ie grated, pureed etc.
    I'm still new to pumpkins and squashes so feeling my way a bit. Made a pumpkin and almond cake, came out very squidgy, need to have another go to get that right and its pumpkin gnochi tomorrow.
    If I can get these recipes right they both call for puree so will steam and mash the pumpkin in the quantity required. Must try some soup as well but the muffins sound good!
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    PS, If you've got a wormery, they love the pumpkin peel if you've any bits with flesh still on it.

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    Apparently you CAN freeze pumpkin successfully ... I found this on Google:
    http://missourifamilies.org/FEATURES...th/pumpkin.htm
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    It freezes really well, we usually cook all the excess then bag and freeze it for use when needed, simple and useful, especially if you are making Pumpkin Pie!

    Oh, and the best way to cook it? Dice it into 3/4" pieces, then zap it in the microwave at full power for 15 mins for a big bowlfull, although I dont usually use the microwave very often, this is the very best way I've found of cooking it!
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    I prefer it in savoury dishes - Jamaican Pumpkin soup and Pumknin Curry. You could freeze it as a made-up dish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flummery View Post
    I prefer it in savoury dishes - Jamaican Pumpkin soup and Pumknin Curry. You could freeze it as a made-up dish.
    Pumpkin curry sounds interesting - do you just use your fave recipe and replace some or all meat with pumpkin chunks?
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    Default Yum Yum.

    Wow, guys thanks for the replies.

    So many possibilities, so much pumpkin, so much time

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    Quote Originally Posted by shirlthegirl43 View Post
    Pumpkin curry sounds interesting - do you just use your fave recipe and replace some or all meat with pumpkin chunks?
    Well as a creative cook I make most curry recipes up and it's different each time. I use onions, garlic, pumpkin chopped into cubes, creamed coconut, chopped coriander leaf (or a dollop from a Bart's Spices jar) and a generous dollop of whatever home-made chutney I have open. I often add a slack handful of red lentils to a veg curry too, as it gives a rich sauce. Use your favourite curry spices. Loverly!
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