My mother and father came to visit from West Virginia. We are always glad to have them, just wish they could come more often and stay longer. Katie kept them very busy while they were here. Mawmaw was worn out by the time bedtime rolled around. Katie and Mawmaw wearing silly hats.
Before they arrived, Katie and I made some pumpkin puree for pumpkin chocolate cupcakes. I read about them over at my buddy Warren's blog. Be sure to check it out, they were great.
Before you start any project of this manner you must first find a good helper which I am lucky to always have on hand. After cutting a fresh pumpkin in half Katie removed all the seeds.
Once the seeds are removed they look a little something like this.
Place the pieces in a bowl with a little water and microwave for 15 mins. to cook the pumpkin.
Once cooked remove the meat from the skin. I use a knife and fork in this manner and it works fine for me.
We then place the pieces in a mixing bowl like so.
Got out our handy dandy immersion blender.
The blades on the end just destroy the soft cooked pumpkin.
After about 60 seconds the deed is done.
Once you have done all the above you can simply put it into a freezer bag and then into the freezer for later use. We got 3 cups from this one small pie pumpkin, used 2 cups for the cupcakes, be sure to read about those here.