After Halloween is over, do you know what to do with your used jack o’ lanterns? Making them into your favorite goodies is much easier than you think.
You just cut them apart into chunks and put the pieces on a baking dish.
Cover and bake in a 350 degree oven for about 90 minutes or until they’re nice and tender.
Let them cool just a bit, then cut the skins off or scoop the meat out with a spoon. (It’s easy since the pumpkin is now soft from baking.)
Put the chunks of flesh in your blender or food processor and blend them up. I like to measure the pumpkin into a liquid measuring cup as I go so I can store it pre-measured.
Then you can put the pumpkin into freezer storage bags and freeze it. It will keep for months. 2 cups is the amount needed to make one pumpkin pie or one batch of pumpkin bread.
Now you can use your jack-o-lantern to make all your favorite fall treats…pumpkin pies, pumpkin roll, pumpkin bars, or pumpkin bread. The mashed pumpkin is exactly like the canned pumpkin you buy from the store.
Here’s a yummy pumpkin bread recipe:
- 1 cup oil
- 4 cups sugar
- 1 1/2 pound can pumpkin (about 2 cups)
- 5 cups flour
- 3 eggs
- 3 tsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. cloves
- 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 4 tsp. baking soda
- 1/3 cup milk
Just mix all the ingredients well and then bake in 3 loaf pans at 350 degrees for an hour. You’ll have one loaf for yourself and some to deliver to some neighbors or friends this fall.
*You can use this same recipe to make yummy pumpkin muffins. Just put the batter into muffin tins and don’t bake them as long!