Canned Pumpkin

I don’t post a lot of ‘canning’ recipes on here because most of what I know about canning is in my head. I just do things the way I saw them done when I was young and I can’t really guarantee the accuracy of all of them.

This works well for anything that calls for store-bought canned pumpkin. We love using it in our Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake. I haven’t tried using anything other than sugar to sweeten this with but I think it would probably be ok to give it a go. This also freezes well if you don’t want to can it.

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Pumpkin Pie Filling From Scratch

I know that this time of year there are ao many pumpkin-related recipes going around but Pumpkin Pie is a big tradition around here so I wanted to share our recipe. You can put this into a store-bought pie shell or try your hand at a made scratch from pie crust as well. Continue reading “Pumpkin Pie Filling From Scratch”

Meal Prepping: Freezing Squash

I was recently blessed with some yellow squash and zucchini. It was more than we could eat at the time as I had some in the refrigerator as well. I decided to put the best looking ones in the freezer to use later on. The ones that were bruised or slightly damaged were fried up later on to go with dinner. Yummy!

I will give the instructions for two different methods of freezing squash. The first will be for short term storage (1-3 months) and the second is for longer term (4-6 months). When you freeze the squash it will be best to use it in casseroles, breads, cakes, cookies, pies, or sauteed as it will lose some of its original firmness. I will be posting recipes for using the fresh and frozen squash in future posts so keep checking under the Recipes tab or do a search for squash.

Method #1. (This is the method I normally use as we will eat it rather quickly.)

  1. Wash the squash, cut off the ends, and cut away any damaged areas. You should use fresh squash for freezing.
  2. Slice, dice, or grate the squash.
  3. Arrange the squash, in a single layer, on a large cookie sheet(s) that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  4. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight.
  5. Remove the cookie sheet and place the frozen squash into freezer bags. Squeeze out as much air as possible and place in the freezer.
  6. Use within 1-3 months for best flavor.

Method #2.

  1. Wash the squash, cut off the ends, and cut away any damaged areas. You should use fresh squash for freezing.
  2. Slice, dice, or grate the squash.
  3. Boil a large pot of water.
  4. Fill a large bowl with water and ice.
  5. Boil the squash for 3-4 minutes and promptly remove from the hot water.
  6. Use a slotted spoon to remove the squash and place into the cold water.
  7. Cool completely and then drain thoroughly.
  8. Arrange the squash, in a single layer, on a large cookie sheet(s) that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
  9. Place the cookie sheet in the freezer for at least 2-3 hours, or overnight.
  10. Remove the cookie sheet and place the frozen squash into freezer bags. Squeeze out as much air as possible and place in the freezer.
  11. Use within 4-6 months for best flavor.

For winter squash/pumpkins:

  1. Wash the squash, cut off the ends, remove the seeds, and cut away any damaged areas. You should use fresh squash for freezing.
  2. Boil a large pot of water.
  3. Fill a large bowl with water and ice.
  4. Boil the squash until tender, promptly remove from the hot water.
  5. Use a slotted spoon to remove the squash and place into the cold water.
  6. Cool completely and then drain thoroughly.
  7. Scrape the squash from the rind and discard the rind.
  8. Slightly mash the squash with a potato masher or a fork.
  9. Place the squash into freezer bags. Squeeze out as much air as possible and place in the freezer.
  10. Use within 4-6 months for best flavor.

Pumpkin Honey Pancakes

This is a brand spanking new recipe in our house! It came about after I made some Pumpkin Muffins for our Pantry Challenge week. I was trying to use up some of the frozen pumpkins I had in the freezer. My 3-year-old fell in love with them and he insisted that on Thursday, Pancake day, we needed Pumpkin Pancakes.

He was up bright and early Thursday morning to help Momma. We made our basic Pancake recipe and then added the pumpkin. Added a little spice and it needed to be sweetened so he suggested some honey. (Yesterday was Winnie the Pooh day and we know what he loves to eat.) Below is the recipe that we came up and they were delicious! Continue reading “Pumpkin Honey Pancakes”

Pumpkin Muffins

This is a great way to use up any frozen pumpkin you may have in the freezer. You don’t have frozen pumpkin? Am I the only one with an overabundance of frozen pumpkin? Don’t answer that, please. If you don’t have the frozen you can use canned pumpkin.

I have also added the instructions for a crumb topping which is optional. My kids love muffins, especially Cinnamon muffins, so I add this to them to keep them happy. Continue reading “Pumpkin Muffins”

Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake

This is a family favorite and we have it almost every Thanksgiving for the past few years. It has been requested this year for Christmas as well. I have also tried out making them in cupcake pans for individual servings and they turned out great. Continue reading “Luscious Four-Layer Pumpkin Cake”