Did you know that over 80,000 tonnes of pumpkin are wasted in Canada every year? The remains of pumpkins are often thrown away, and with costs at an all-time high, can you really afford to let that gourd-geous squash go to waste? There are tons of recipes you can make from just pumpkin alone. From a sweet snack cake to a spicy soup, the opportunities are endless. A few easy ways to use your leftover pumpkin include roasting, blending and even frying.
Cooking or baking your pumpkin
We recommend cleaning the exterior of your pumpkin for any dirt residue followed removing the stem. To roast your pumpkin, cut along the sides to create wedges – roast the pieces at 350°F for 30-40 minutes and enjoy. To puree your pumpkin, make sure to remove any watery flesh, roast the pumpkin at 350°F and blend in a food processor till smooth. If you plan to fry your pumpkin, make sure the exterior is washed, dried and peeled. Once you’re done, lightly fry your pumpkin in a shallow pan with a tablespoon of butter.
Eating your pumpkin – safely!
We can confirm that your jack-o-lantern is safe to eat – so long as there isn’t any candle wax inside or left outside for a long period of time. The important thing to watch out for is the presence of any bugs, mold and excess liquid before consuming your pumpkin. If you’re unsure of the quality of your pumpkin, we suggest checking out these seven tips on safe pumpkin consumption.
Pumpkins are good for you, too
Pumpkins also offer a long list of healthy nutrients from vitamin A to fiber and manganese. So before you throw away your pumpkin, check out these 10 delicious recipes to turn your pumpkins from spooky to scrumptious this fall.
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Vegan Thai Curry Pumpkin Soup
With all the squash soup recipes out there, this is one of our favourites. This tangy yet spicy Thai rendition of a classic pumpkin soup is the ideal starter for cold afternoon. Pair with a delicious side of sourdough toast.
Pumpkin Spice Pretzels
Is there anything better than the warm flavours of pumpkin spice? What if we told you there’s cheese dip involved? With a hint of tang and whole lot of delicious flavours, this dish will be the centrepiece of your next dinner party.
Pumpkin, Feta and Sage Muffins
The ultimate rival to classic cornbread, this salty and savoury pumpkin muffin recipe will be your new favourite recipe.
Pumpkin Pie Squares
Pumpkin Crème Brulee
The French dessert we all know and love remixed into a sweet pumpkin recipe with only five ingredients!
Vegan Pumpkin Waffles
Is there anything better to wake up to than a stack of vegan pumpkin waffles? These crispy-on-the-outside and fluffy-on-the-inside waffles are packed with fall flavours.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Pretzel Pie
This pumpkin recipe is the perfect way to blend sweet and salty with a dash of coffee! We recommend serving this for breakfast with a side of crispy bacon for that extra savoury flavour.
Pumpkin Snack Cake with Salted Caramel Cream Cheese Frosting
It’s officially fall and we’re craving all the cozy desserts! This Pumpkin Snack Cake is an easy and delicious way to savour in the pumpkin season.
Spiced Squash Curry
All the delicious warm flavours of a classic curry, mixed with the earthy notes of pumpkin puree. Although this recipe calls for acorn squash, pumpkin can be easily substituted.
Pumpkin Cardamom Cream Cheese Muffins
These one-bowl pumpkin muffins are the ideal way to start a cool morning in fall. By adding a hint of cardamom, classic pumpkin spices, and a delicious cream cheese filling, you’ll definitely be coming back for seconds… or thirds.