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How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin

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author image Leigh Good
Leigh Good has been writing for magazines and newspapers for more than 10 years. Her work has been published in numerous print and online publications. Good has a bachelor's degree in print journalism from Georgia State University.
How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Rather than buying a can of pumpkin puree, you can steam your own fresh pumpkin and use the tender, cooked meat as pumpkin pie filling or in a host of other baked goods, such as tasty seasonal cakes and cookies. Choose a pumpkin that is designated for cooking, such as a small pie pumpkin, instead of a pumpkin grown for carving and decorating. Carving pumpkins tend to have less flesh and more seeds than small baking pumpkins.

Step 1

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Use a sharp vegetable peeler to remove the skin from the entire pumpkin. Discard the skin.

Step 2

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Cut the pumpkin in half with a sharp chef's knife. Use a large metal spoon to remove the seeds and stringy innards from the pumpkin halves.

Step 3

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Chop the pumpkin flesh into 2-inch-square cubes with the chef's knife.

Step 4

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Set a steamer basket into a large pot. Fill the pot with water until the water just touches the bottom of the basket.

Step 5

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Place the pumpkin cubes in the steamer basket and set the lid on the pot.

Step 6

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Set the pot on the stove and turn the burner to medium heat. Bring the water to a boil.

Step 7

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Reduce the heat and simmer the water for 25 minutes.

Step 8

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Stick a fork into a pumpkin cube to check for doneness. The pumpkin will be soft when cooked. It can take up to 40 minutes for the pumpkin to be fully cooked.

Step 9

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Remove the steamer basket from the pot and pour the pumpkin chunks into a bowl.

Step 10

How to Steam Fresh Pumpkin
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Puree the mixture with a stick blender or potato masher if you are replacing canned pumpkin puree with the freshly cooked pumpkin.

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