Pumpkin innards????? Top Tips

What can I do with Pumpkins Innards? I absolutely hate waste, which led to me thinking “what can I do with pumpkin innards?” the bin felt like such a waste. The innards refers to the pulp and seeds that we take out when we are carving our pumpkins not the flesh of the pumpkin itself. After quite a bit of research and tried and tested methods I would like to share with you what works for me.

Here are my top tips:
πŸŽƒ First separate pulp and seeds, it’s a fun messy job with the little one especially on a rainy day.
πŸŽƒ Save your seeds for planting. Wash and dry seeds removing any pulp, dry the seeds thoroughly using kitchen towel making sure you space them out. Once dry store in a cool dry place for a week then transfer into a paper bag or envelope for storage until next year
πŸŽƒ Roast your seeds to snack on. Once dry, mix in a bowl with paprika, salt, garlic powder, olive oil and black pepper. Make sure seeds are evenly covered and put in oven for 12 mins at 180c
πŸŽƒ Pumpkin Puree. Blend the pulp into a puree, making sure all seeds are removed. This can then be used in a variety of ways including in cakes, breads and drinks.
πŸŽƒ Pumpkin Spiced Latte, To make this delicious drink add 2 cups of milk, 2 tbsp puree, 2 tbsp of sugar, to a pan and heat until hot but not boiled. Then whisk in 0.5 tsp pumpkin pie spice(Amazon) you can use a little all spice/cinnamon as well, 1 tbsp vanilla extract and 0.5 cup of strong coffee. Cream to serve.
πŸŽƒ More puree ideas. When you are finished with your Jack O Lantern pumpkin, chop up, steam in colander or steamer for 10 mins. Alternatively you can chop pumpkin in half and microwave for 20 mins using a fork to check the flesh is soft. The pumpkin flesh should be soft enough to come away with a spoon πŸ‘ŒπŸŽƒπŸŒˆ
πŸŽƒStorage. Remember you can freeze the puree to use at a later date β„οΈπŸŽƒπŸ˜Š

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