Sep 23, 2010

Pumpkins!!!!

Yep, we got 'em.  Been blessed with an abundant crop of squash and pumpkins this year.
Most of these are pie pumpkins, with a couple of Dill's thrown in.  There are a few Turbin squash, too.  What to do with this bounty.....

I harden them out in the yard for about a week, maybe more, before hauling them to the cellar.  It stays about 65 degrees and dry in our cellar and they seem to keep well down there. 
I can-
feed them to the goats and sheep during the winter (high in vitamins and the seeds are a natural dewormer).
Dehydrate them and make pumpkin flour to add to baked goods.  Makes them moister and higher in vitamins.
Bake pumpkin breads, cookies, bars, pies, dump cake...you get the idea.
Can the pumpkin.
Roast the seeds.
Make pumpkin chips.
I haven't tried pumpkin chips before, but here's the recipe and I hope to try these soon-
Pumpkin Chips
Peel a pie pumpkin and scoop out the seeds.  Cut into wedges and then cut the wedges into very thin slices.  You may want to use a food processor for this.  Heat oil to deep fry to 375 degrees.  Make sure it's hot enough or your chips will be greasy.  Fry in the oil and drain well.  Sprinkle with salt.  I'm thinking you could make different flavors.  How about some sugar and cinnamon, or a ranch flavor sprinkle? (Maybe not the ranch.)
So what do you do with your pumpkins?  There are so many ideas out there.  Pumpkin is very versatile.
Be blessed!

3 comments:

Sandy J said...

I just stumbled in while blog hopping and I must say I'm enjoying your blog. I'm intrigued about the pumpkin flour? We are growing pumpkins in our garden for the first time this year - we chose the PA Dutch Crooked neck variety that I remember from my childhood.

Also, home made horshradish? I just may have to plant that next year :0)

Sandy

Gentleliving7 said...

Bless the Lord for this bountiful harvest. They are just beautiful! I have tried growing pumpkins with no success. I fear that I am planting at the wrong time. This year I harvested winter squash. It was my second attempt to grow. Thank God for His provision!

odiie said...

We have always planted the pumpkins and the winter squash at the same time. They are very similar. If you grew squash, you can grow pumpkins!!

Sep 23, 2010

Pumpkins!!!!

Yep, we got 'em.  Been blessed with an abundant crop of squash and pumpkins this year.
Most of these are pie pumpkins, with a couple of Dill's thrown in.  There are a few Turbin squash, too.  What to do with this bounty.....

I harden them out in the yard for about a week, maybe more, before hauling them to the cellar.  It stays about 65 degrees and dry in our cellar and they seem to keep well down there. 
I can-
feed them to the goats and sheep during the winter (high in vitamins and the seeds are a natural dewormer).
Dehydrate them and make pumpkin flour to add to baked goods.  Makes them moister and higher in vitamins.
Bake pumpkin breads, cookies, bars, pies, dump cake...you get the idea.
Can the pumpkin.
Roast the seeds.
Make pumpkin chips.
I haven't tried pumpkin chips before, but here's the recipe and I hope to try these soon-
Pumpkin Chips
Peel a pie pumpkin and scoop out the seeds.  Cut into wedges and then cut the wedges into very thin slices.  You may want to use a food processor for this.  Heat oil to deep fry to 375 degrees.  Make sure it's hot enough or your chips will be greasy.  Fry in the oil and drain well.  Sprinkle with salt.  I'm thinking you could make different flavors.  How about some sugar and cinnamon, or a ranch flavor sprinkle? (Maybe not the ranch.)
So what do you do with your pumpkins?  There are so many ideas out there.  Pumpkin is very versatile.
Be blessed!

3 comments:

Sandy J said...

I just stumbled in while blog hopping and I must say I'm enjoying your blog. I'm intrigued about the pumpkin flour? We are growing pumpkins in our garden for the first time this year - we chose the PA Dutch Crooked neck variety that I remember from my childhood.

Also, home made horshradish? I just may have to plant that next year :0)

Sandy

Gentleliving7 said...

Bless the Lord for this bountiful harvest. They are just beautiful! I have tried growing pumpkins with no success. I fear that I am planting at the wrong time. This year I harvested winter squash. It was my second attempt to grow. Thank God for His provision!

odiie said...

We have always planted the pumpkins and the winter squash at the same time. They are very similar. If you grew squash, you can grow pumpkins!!