Monday, October 14, 2013

Simple Savings: Cook the Pumpkin

Since Halloween is in October, I thought this would be a timely suggestion.  When you carve your pumpkin this year, bake it and puree it before it starts to rot.  We have started carving our pumpkin very close to Halloween and usually on the next day I will cook it, puree it and freeze what I can't use right away.  You could also cook it and just cut in chunks for whatever you want to use it for.  There is a special pumpkin to use for pies, but we have found that our Halloween pumpkin works just fine for lots of recipes:

Pumpkin cookies
Pumpkin muffins
Pumpkin pancakes
Pumpkin bread
Pumpkin cinnamon rolls
Pumpkin scones
Pumpkin cake

And the list goes on...  Today I am going to try pumpkin biscotti.  I haven't ever made it before, but now is a good time to try!

This may not save you a lot of money, but there have been years when canned pumpkin was a bit hard to find and where prices have increased.  It is more eco-friendly as well.

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