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:
🎃 First separate pulp and seeds, it’s a fun messy job with the little one especially on a rainy day.
🎃 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
🎃 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
🎃 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.
🎃 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.
🎃 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 👌🎃🌈
🎃Storage. Remember you can freeze the puree to use at a later date ❄️🎃😊