Pumpkins. Pumpkins. And more pumpkins. It’s beginning to look and feel a lot like autumn when you see the pumpkins magically appear at the markets and grocery stores. YAY!!! My most favorite time of the year!!! And I always jump at the opportunity to grab a few of these little gems for our family. This is because around the holidays, we enjoy many, many baked goodies made with pumpkin…one of which is my Pumpkin Roll (look forward to that recipe post in a few weeks).
So…the question is…Fresh vs. Canned? Over the years, I have discovered that buying a few sugar pumpkins when they are in season from the store and making my own puree simply is more cost-effective AND tastes better. At a cost of nearly $3.00 for a 15 ounce can of organic pumpkin puree, such as the Farmer’s Market brand (my preferred brand of canned pumpkin) http://www.farmersmarketfoods.com/products/organic-pumpkin/, I am able to purchase two pumpkins at $2.48/each and make about six-quart size freezer bags with 15 ounces of homemade pumpkin puree in each, to store in my freezer for future use. Six bags of frozen pumpkin puree may seem like a lot but barely lasts us through all of the season. LOL!
If you have never tried making your own puree, it’s really as easy as 1-2-3. Check out the link below to Martha Stewart’s website for her great method of making sugar pumpkin puree that is super simple to follow. Or, like me, you can seed and quarter the sugar pumpkins and roast them in a 350 degree oven for about 30-45 minutes until tender, scoop the pumpkin out of the shells and blend in the blender. Don’t forget to roast the seeds for a delicious snack later…BONUS!
Now, please do not get me wrong. There is absolutely nothing wrong with canned pumpkin, zero difference in nutritional value either, according to the Mayo Clinic, http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/expert-answers/pumpkin/faq-20058106.
My pantry is stocked with several cans for when it is not pumpkin season or I have simply depleted my supply of the fresh. But, when asked which I personally prefer more…Fresh vs. Canned? Fresh is always the winner in my book. What is your preference?