Homemade Pumpkin Puree

Fall is the perfect time for everything pumpkin! Pumpkin bread just so happens to be one of my favorites, especially with homemade pumpkin purée! It’s such a joy to use real pumpkins instead of depending on canned pumpkin with questionable ingredients.

We planted our very own sweet sugar pie pumpkin seeds this year and harvested about eight pumpkins!

Homemade Pumpkin Puree In a Vitamix


How To make Homemade Pumpkin Puree

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Preheat oven to 350°

Wash your pumpkin and cut in half (I like to use a serrated knife).

Pumpkin cut in half

Scoop the insides out into a colander using an ice cream scoop.

Scooping out pumpkin seeds

While your pumpkin is baking, separate your pumpkin seeds and get ready to roast them!

Pumpkin guts

Place pumpkin halves face down with about 1/4 inch water on the cookie sheet.

Baking Pumpkin

Bake at 350° for 45 minutes to one hour.

Baking Sugar Pumpkin

Remove from oven and let cool.

Cooked Pumpkin

Use an ice cream scoop to scoop out the soft pumpkin and place directly in the Vitamix.

Soft Pumpkin

This is what your pumpkin will look like when you’re done.

Pumpkin Shell

Start Vitamix on variable 1 and raise to variable 5 for 30 seconds (or until smooth) using the tamper.

Vitamix Pumpkin

You did it! You now have Pumpkin Purée!

Vitamix Pumpkin Puree

Go ahead and cook some wonderful pumpkin bread or your favorite pumpkin treat!

No time for that? Scoop pumpkin purée into freezer safe bags for later use. I usually pre-measure one cup into each freezer bag as my favorite pumpkin bread recipe calls for one cup of pumpkin purée.

Homemade Pumpkin Puree In a Vitamix

I’m on the lookout for a great deal on sweet sugar pie pumpkins so we can stock our freezer with pumpkin purée!

What is your favorite way to use pumpkin?



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9 comments… add one
  • Mrs. Frugalwoods Oct 24, 2014, 6:21 pm

    Yum! That looks and sounds fabulous. I love true pumpkin flavor… and of course the sugar-added pumpkin pie flavor too :)! I confess I’ve never made my own puree and usually just buy it in a can at the store. But maybe I’ll get creative this year!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Oct 25, 2014, 10:07 am

    It’s really a quite frugal thing to do! Homemade pumpkin purée is good for you, frugal, YUMMY, and it also might make you feel like a domestic Goddess;0)

  • Autumn @ The Barefoot Budgeter Oct 27, 2014, 3:37 am

    I just got a pumpkin in my CSA share this week and my husband looked right at it and said “Yes! Pumpkin cupcakes.” So I guess that’s what we’ll be doing with it. 🙂

  • How Do The Jones Do It Oct 27, 2014, 8:30 am

    Yay! There is nothing quite like fresh pumpkin! It is a pretty simple process too!

  • Laurie @thefrugalfarmer Oct 28, 2014, 5:27 am

    Good to have this, Jayleen!! We bought pumpkins for the kids this fall and are going to make full use of them this weekend, baking pumpkin seeds, and now making pumpkin puree. Thanks!

  • No Nonsense Landlord Oct 28, 2014, 5:59 am

    Home cooking has gone the way of the dinosaur. Rarely does anyone cook, more is spent at restaurants than at grocery stores these days.

  • How Do The Jones Do It Oct 29, 2014, 4:57 pm

    I’m sure that’s true but it’s also very sad. Real, whole foods are what keeps us healthy and strong! I do think more and more people are realizing this and eating healthier!

  • How Do The Jones Do It Oct 29, 2014, 5:00 pm

    Yum! Pumpkin seeds are delicious! Sounds like a festive fall weekend!

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