Monday, November 1, 2010

Pumpkin Posting Party All Week ~ Roasting A Pumpkin

Starting a week-long party all about pumpkin without promoting it or even giving you a hint is really not the *proper* way to do things here in the blogosphere, but hey - sometimes I'm a rebel.  :)

I've done a Fall theme week the last 2 years, so I had to do another one this year!  Welcome to my Pumpkin Posting Party!  It's all pumpkin, all week!  I've got a little giveaway for you that I'll share at the end of this post and Wednesday you can come by and link up all your pumpkin posts!  Friday will be Dessert Friday with a focus on pumpkin, but you can link up any chocolate, non-chocolate or pumpkin desserts that day!

Recently I received a free pumpkin from my friend's garden so I decided to attempt roasting a pumpkin for the first time.  There were several different methods posted online, but I ended up going with more of a steaming method.  I basically followed the instructions posted at Elana's Pantry on how to roast a pumpkin.

Here's my pumpkin!

Scooped out all the seeds and strings.

In pans with water, ready to roast.

All done!

Scooped out all the good stuff!

Removed some liquid, whisked into puree, and bagged.

Pumpkin seeds rinsed and cleaned, ready to dry and roast.
The pumpkin flesh ended up a little watery with this method, but I preferred that to the thought of it getting too dry.  This pumpkin gave me enough puree to equal 2 cans of pumpkin!  I put 1 batch into the refrigerator and made pumpkin bread with it (it was delicious with the fresh pumpkin)!  The other batch is in my freezer, waiting for just the right pumpkin recipe!  I felt like Elana's method was very easy to follow.

I did end up cleaning the pumpkin seeds - it took me so loooooonnngg because I was obsessed with getting every bit of pumpkin off of them.  Not an easy task!  Once they were dry, I roasted them with some oil and sea salt.  They did turn out yummy, but my hubs and son weren't that excited about them.  It was such a small amount for the amount of time I spent on them that I wouldn't do it again.

Have you ever roasted a pumpkin?  What method do you use?  If you've never done it, you've got plenty of time to try before making those special pumpkin recipes for Thanksgiving!

How about a little Fall giveaway** GIVEAWAY CLOSED ** Sounds good to me - what would a theme week be without one?!  Here you go:
4 pumpkin napkin rings, 3 Fall cookie cutters, 2 Fall rubber stamps
One random commenter from this post will win this little collection of Fall goodies!  All you have to do to be entered is to leave a comment on this post - that's it!!  I'll pick a winner with and post it next Monday 11/8.  Happy Fall!

Keep stopping by all week for more pumpkin posts!  Tomorrow I'll be sharing a yummy pumpkin recipe!  Feel free to grab the button at the top and put it on your blog to share the pumpkin!

Have a fabulous Fall day friends!!


  1. We just got a pumpkin and I was wondering what to do with it. Now I know. You're always such a great source of info ;) Thanks my friend!

  2. I have been on a pumpkin kick lately!!! I made pumpkin chocolate chip pecan cookies (posted on my blog), pumpkin chocolate chip bread, going to try it without the chocolate chips this week, and today, at the big Coffee Shop with the Green Logo, I had them mix pumpkin spice into my salted caramel hot cocoa. TO. DIE. FOR. So excited about "Pumpkin Week" and this giveaway! Thanks for doing it!!! :-)

  3. I have roasted a squash which is kind of the same:-)

  4. I have never roasted a pumpkin before but using it in breads sounds divine!!! I asked my husband about roasting the seeds last week and he said he didn't like them so I guess he did me a favor telling me before I attempted to clean off all those seeds LOL

    What a great giveaway! Fun week you have planned! I look forward to reading and maybe linking up on Friday as I have a great recipe for Pumpkin bars :)

  5. what a fabulous posting...and great pictures...please enter me for your 'pumpkin giveaway'...thanks :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  6. Loved your pumpkin post! I usually buy a pumpkin for decoration purposes and end up just throwing it out. I use the canned pumpkin for recipes.

  7. I'll have to tell you about the time Kathy and I "roasted" a pumpkin and the conversation that went with it.

    And I'm sure you won't have any trouble getting people to participate with your week long pumpkinfest!

    Big eat lots of pumpkin for that natural California glow size hugs to you!

    Love you my friend.

  8. I made 2 pumpkin breads the week before last. The one with pecans was so delish! The one with Chai tea is in the freezer (but it will probably come out this week).

    Great little giveaway. Please add me to your list and I'll cross my fingers. Thanks.

  9. My kids Love roasting the seeds. Yum! And I love the shape of the pumpkin you cooked.

    Fun week ahead, Lisa!

  10. I think it's time we got together for some scrumptious Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread and tea :)

    You knew that recipe would catch my eye, didn't you? LOL.

  11. Your pumpkin party week is beautiful! Thank you for sharing. We lived overseas for many years and always had to make our own pumpkin puree. I must confess since being back in the USA we have bought our pumpkin in a can. The kids asked this year if we could make our own again!LOL


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