Pumpkins

@celticeagle (119840)
Boise, Idaho
September 19, 2016 3:19pm CST
I don't care for pumpkins or squash that much. I do enjoy a pumpkin pie on either Thanksgiving or Christmas however. And, I like the pumpkin seeds my daughter usually makes each year. I was just looking at an article about pumpkins and thought I would share some of this knowledge about this orange vegetable: You want to pick the smaller pumpkins to bake with. The larger ones are thin skinned and stringy. The smaller ones, called sugar pumpkins, are about 5 to 7 pounds are best for cooking. You can even store a pumpkin in the refrigerator for up to a month. You can roast the seeds and put any of your favorite spices on them for a great snack. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees, carve out the seeds, separate them from the strings some will have, and then boil them for about 10 minutes. Toss them in some oil and then spread them out on a cookie sheet. Toss them every 10 minutes or so baking them for an hour in the oven. For every pound of the raw and untrimmed pumpkin you get about one cup of puree. This puree can be added to breads, casseroles, soups and granola.
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@marlina (77831)
• Canada
19 Sep 16
I didn't know about the small pumpkin being better tasting.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
The bigs ones are stringy and there is less flesh/ pulp. Up to about 7 pounds is good.
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@much2say (40138)
• United States
19 Sep 16
I didn't like pumpkin as a kid (I didn't even like pumpkin pie) - but now I just love it. But I am so lazy I use pumpkin out of a can for recipes . We do roast the seeds when we carve out pumpkins for Halloween, oh but I never thought to boil the seeds!
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Love the seeds. I think boiling the seeds makes them easier to eat. I don't recall ever having pumpkin pie when I was a kid.
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@much2say (40138)
• United States
20 Sep 16
@celticeagle Fresh roasted seeds are so tasty! Boiling makes them more digestible? We always had a choice of apple or pumpkin for Thanksgiving . . . I always picked apple but now I pick both .
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
@much2say .....We always had apple when I was young. I think that's why I go in for the pumpkin pie. I read instructions for doing the seeds and that is the first time I saw that you should boil them first. I think it makes them easier to eat. They can be pretty pitty.
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@Corbin5 (115753)
• United States
19 Sep 16
I like the puree information for bread. I would definitely eat pumpkin bread. I like pumpkin pie too. But, I have never liked squash in any way, shape or form.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Squash is the worst.
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@Corbin5 (115753)
• United States
20 Sep 16
@celticeagle Oh good, thought it was just me. Whew.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
@Corbin5 ....Nope. Makes me gag.
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@jstory07 (69827)
• Roseburg, Oregon
19 Sep 16
I love making pumpkin pie from a pumpkin.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
It is tasty.
@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
23 Sep 16
Love the natural spice to pumpkin.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
24 Sep 16
@CoolPeace ....Yes, nutmeg, cinnamon and such. Delicious.
@garymarsh6 (14430)
• United Kingdom
19 Sep 16
I must say I am not particularly a fan of pumpkin although my wife has made a cake out of it once. They are becoming more and more common in the UK but mainly for Halloween.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
They are popular here for jack o lanterns here at Halloween.
@sofssu (14447)
20 Sep 16
I am not a big fan of pumpkins either.. But I like pumpkin pie.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Have you had the seeds?
• Jacksonville, Florida
19 Sep 16
Oh goodness I LOVE pumpkin pie and now I want some...shoot! Lol.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
It's about that time of year.
• United States
20 Sep 16
I was disappointed to learn that pumpkins have a certain enzyme that is not compatible with my metabolism or blood type and therefore have removed this gourd from my diet, but I love acorn squash and butternuts !
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
I like those two squashes too.
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• United States
20 Sep 16
@celticeagle and there are so many yummy recipes to make of them: soups, baked, sautéed etc
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Sep 16
@enlightenedpsych2 .....I don't go in for most of that. Not much of a veggie person.
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@Jessicalynnt (47880)
• Centralia, Missouri
20 Sep 16
I always plan to do more with pumpkin, it's good for you, and never get too far. but pumpkin stuff is quite good, in bread and such
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Yes, it is. We do the seeds and make a pie and that's about it. I love the seeds.
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• Centralia, Missouri
21 Sep 16
@celticeagle pancakes,muffins, soup, all kinds of stuff
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
21 Sep 16
@Jessicalynnt ....With the seeds in you mean?
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@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
20 Sep 16
Pumpkin pie taste like sweet potato pie. You can make pancakes from the puree of pumpkin or the whole pumpkin.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 16
Does it? Pancakes might not be too bad.
@CoolPeace (1587)
• Miami, Florida
22 Sep 16
@celticeagle. You can make carrot and coconut pancakes too. I didn't know there are so many ways to cook pancakes.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
23 Sep 16
@CoolPeace .....Yes, and waffles.
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@sallypup (28507)
• Moses Lake, Washington
21 Sep 16
Mashed pumpkin is a nice alternative to mashed white spuds.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 16
Nothing is better than mashed potatoes. I am from Idaho, home of the russet potato.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
22 Sep 16
Doesn't sound like it.
@sallypup (28507)
• Moses Lake, Washington
22 Sep 16
@celticeagle Mashed pumpkin/squash is tasty and improves the health. Great combo.
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@mom210 (6771)
• Atlanta, Georgia
20 Sep 16
Oh I love this season, we make so much pumpkin stuff, pumpkin bars, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin cookies and my favorite pumpkin pie
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Sounds delicious.
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@sol_cee (17302)
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
20 Sep 16
My first pumpkin pie experience was a memory of melted marshmallows and pumpkin and many other ingredients I can't name all rolled into one heavenly treat.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Marshmallows? Interesting.
@BettyB (4209)
• Summerville, South Carolina
20 Sep 16
It's been a few years since I've made pumpkin seeds. I need to do that this fall.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
I really enjoy them and look forward to them. My daughter introduced me to them.
@Tampa_girl7 (26197)
• United States
20 Sep 16
I love squash, but pumpkin is not my favorite.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Squash and pumpkin have the same consistency and make me gag. The pie is okay though.
@Happy2BeMe (74935)
• Canada
19 Sep 16
I am not a fan of pumpkin pie. It's a texture thing for me. I have tried it a few times but it's not for me. I do like the pumpkin seeds roasted in the oven with spices though. They are a nice treat.
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@celticeagle (119840)
• Boise, Idaho
20 Sep 16
Same for me. That and squash make me gag. The pie doesn't seem to though. The seeds are yummy.
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@thelme55 (15059)
• Germany
20 Sep 16
I love pumpkin. It's time to bake pumpkin pie again.
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@fufurinha (11517)
• Portugal
19 Sep 16
I am not a big fan of pumpkins.
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