The Ultimate Guide to Storing Fresh Pumpkin Puree for Longer Use

Fall is the perfect time to savor all things pumpkin, from pumpkin pies to lattes. One of the most versatile and healthy ingredients that can be made out of pumpkins is fresh pumpkin puree. The good news is that making it from scratch at home is super easy! But what do you do once you’ve got a surplus of pumpkin puree? In this blog post, we’ll share some tips on how to store fresh pumpkin puree so you can enjoy the delicious flavor for weeks to come.

Why Make Fresh Pumpkin Puree?

Using fresh ingredients always yields better results than using canned or processed foods. When it comes to pumpkin puree, there are several reasons why making it with fresh pumpkins is superior:

– Fresh pumpkins have more nutrients: Canned pumpkin often contains added preservatives and sugar, which diminishes its nutritional value. Making your own allows you to control what goes into your food.
– Better taste: There’s no denying that homemade tastes better than anything store bought!
– Cost-effective: Pumpkins are plentiful in fall season, meaning they’re typically cheaper when purchased whole versus pre-packaged options.

The Ingredients You’ll Need:

-Medium-sized pie/pumpkin
-Hot water
-A blender/food processor

How To Store Fresh Pumpkin Puree

Once you’ve made your batch of fresh pumpkin puree, storing it correctly will extend its shelf life. Here are three methods for storing:

In The Refrigerator (Short Term)

If you plan on using up your freshly-made puree within a week or two, then refrigeration may be best choice for storage.

To safely store in refrigerator:
1) Allow the mixture to cool before transferring them into an air-tight container.
2) Afterwards cover with plastic wrap tightly pressed against the puree to prevent it from oxidizing and developing a skin.
3) Lastly, place container in the fridge where it will stay fresh up to five days.

In The Freezer (Long Term)

If you need your pumpkin puree to last beyond one week, then storing them in the freezer is your best bet for long-term storage.

To safely store in freezer:
1) Allow the mixture to cool before transferring them into an air-tight container.
2) Make sure that no more than two-thirds of each container is filled with the puree since liquid expands when frozen.
3) Lastly, label and date containers so that you’ll know how long they’ve been stored away. It can last up to eight months if properly stored.

Canning

Canning pumpkin puree is another option for long term storage – think 12-18 months!

Here’s what you’ll need:

– Canning jars w/ lids
– Pressure canner
– Pumpkin Puree

The process of canning pumpkin requires special equipment such as a pressure cooker but once mastered, yields fantastic results! While difficult at first glance this only intensify flavors while also providing bumpin’ nutrients all year round. If interested be sure do some research and give it try!

Conclusion

Enjoying pumpkin dishes throughout fall season doesn’t have to end after Thanksgiving dinner. By prepping ahead of time and using proper techniques like freezing or canning your homemade fresh pumpkin purees – you’ll be able use them well into winter months too! Whether refrigerated or frozen these methods extend shelf life without compromising quality or flavor. So go ahead make extra batch today –and let us know how did it come out?

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