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Pumpkin Ale: Pumpkin Puree

In a previous post I talked about how to make a pumpkin puree. I quickly discussed how I was going to go about making the pumpkin puree and some of the things I was looking for when doing it. Yesterday afternoon I finally got around to making my pumpkin puree and I also made my apartment smell wonderful. Below is the step by step process I used, with pictures, to make my pumpkin puree.

Step 1: Get pumpkins, clean pumpkins, prepare to cut pumpkins

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Step 2: Cut pumpkins top off. Make sure the hole is big enough to get your hand into

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This post is super long with all of the pictures (there isn’t much reading to do though) and such. I don’t want to take up the whole front page with one post, so please click the read more link following this to see the rest of the post.

Step 3: Gut the pumpkins as well as you can. I saved the seeds for future use.

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Step 4: Cut pumpkins in half to better clean them. The second picture will show the fully cleaned pumpkins

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Step 5: Cut pumpkins into more manageable chunks and place on a cookie sheet wrapped in tinfoil.

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Step 6: Bake pumpkins until they are soft. I set my oven at 250 and left them in there for an hour, rotating the two cookie sheets positions ever 15 minutes.

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Step 7: Take the pumpkins out of the oven once they are soft to the touch. Their may be some slightly burned areas but that shouldn’t matter too much.

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Step 8: Let them cool a bit and separate the skin from the meat. Throw the skin out and put the meat into a bowl.

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This is what I had when I was done separating all of the skins.

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Step 9: Put pumpkin meat into a blender. Add water and turn the blender on low. I added about a cup of water for every half pound of pumpkin but it depends on how thick you want the puree to be.

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Step 10: Collect all of the puree out of the blender and place it in a bowl, dish, or put it right in your mash depending on your time schedule.

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And there you have it, an easy way to make pumpkin puree for brewing or any other purpose. I started with just over eight pounds of pumpkin and ended up with five pounds of meat. The puree weights a bit more becasue of the added water.