Today’s tip is frugal, healthy AND fun!  Instead of buying cans of pumpkin, try making your own pumpkin puree.  It is so easy, and really fun for the kids too!

Remember Pumpkin Day?  Well the day before or the day of, we’ll usually make up a batch of our own pumpkin puree.  It’s super simple.

1.  Start with a pumpkin.  A pie pumpkin works best, but I’ve been known to use whatever I can find at the store or farmers market.

Pumpkin

Isn’t it cute?

2.  Cut that pumpkin in half. Scoop out the seeds and any stringy pulp, put in a pan, drizzle with olive oil and bake at 350 for 45 minutes to an hour (depends upon the size of the pumpkin).

Bake the pumpkin

3.  Once the pumpkin is done, pull it out of the oven, cool it and scrap the flesh from the outside – you’ll know it’s done because it will come out easily with a spoon and you can mash it all up – it will have the same consistency of canned pumpkin, but be much lighter in color.

scrape out the pumpkin flesh

Ick!

4.  Store in the fridge and use within the next few days for pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin pie, etc.

So, for the price of the pumpkin, you’ll end up with pumpkin to bake with, pumpkin seeds to roast, and interesting experience for your kids!

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