Today I had to deal with the pumpkin situation. Its obvious by looking at the stems that there was no more storage time for these boys. While I thought I'd have a bunch of over-ripe apples, there weren't as many as I'd thought. I just found four that had to be used. OK, after I'd gotten down with everything I found one more.
This pumpkin thing is a whole lot of work but you get a lot of stuff out of them and it makes a good base for soup and I also feed quite a bit to the dog.
Northern Spies are not attractive apples to begin with so it's not always easy at first glance to tell if they're beyond useable. These had squishy spots -- which makes them perfect for the dog. Teddy has an iron stomach and overripe fruit does not make her sick. In fact, it probably makes it more digestible.
The guts and apples were whizzed up for the dog -- and without a Vitamix, I don't think it would be possible. Getting the seeds chopped so finely that they're just little flecks in the puree takes a lot of engine power. The machine got a work-out. Here's what we ended up with.
There was too much pumpkin to keep it all for the dog. Of course I'll have to figure out where to store what I did set aside for us. If you bake the flesh in a high temp oven for about 45 minutes, the flesh slides right off the skin.
One of the pumpkins didn't get to cook as long and it was more work to pull the flesh off -- and what I've got will probably need to roast some more before I use it. That's the stuff in the big foil pan. The stuff that baked longer is in the small containers and it really did slide right off.
I think I paid maybe eight bucks for both pumpkins and they were fine Halloween decor for about a month. Now I'll get a few meals out of them. While these kinds of pumpkins aren't recognized as cooking gourds, I think they're just fine -- besides that's what frugal cooks do. Make something from something else!