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Leftover pumpkin after Halloween - any ideas?

edited 29 October 2021 at 1:46PM in Old style MoneySaving
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  • edited 30 October 2021 at 4:25PM
    ShropshirelassShropshirelass Forumite
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    edited 30 October 2021 at 4:25PM
    I make pumpkin fritters: mash a  cupful of cooked pumpkin (simmered, roast or steamed), add half a cup or so of plain flour, an egg, a flat tsp of baking powder, pinch of salt. Beat it all up until smooth, not too sloppy, then cook as round patties on a greased frying pan or plate, turning to cook both sides. Can be finished off in the oven if not quite firm. Mix cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle over while still warm. Can be made using butternut too. Enjoyed by children of all ages. They never last long. 
    I agree you should wait until after Halloween to buy them, pumpkins for decoration are too expensive to buy for eating.
  • Rosa_DamascenaRosa_Damascena Forumite
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    Smoosh said:
    We don't use carving pumpkins as they tend not to taste very nice.

    We have a small selection of pumpkins we've grown. After Halloween, we'll use these for pumpkin soup, pumpkin chilli and halloumi risotto and pumpkin pie. I also like to make pumpkin dog treats and pureed pumpkin is great to keep frozen for dogs too in case of upset tummies. 

    For carving pumpkins, a nice idea is to leave them out for wildlife to eat. 

    We'll use the seeds to grow more pumpkins for next year. 
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  • edited 4 November 2021 at 6:20PM
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    edited 4 November 2021 at 6:20PM
    Pumpkin, raisin and orange muffins, spicy pumpkin soup, pumpkin cake ( tastes like carrot cake), pumpkin and apple chutney, pumpkin lasange…Recipes can be found at the bottom of the page here:
  • Can2Can2 Forumite
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    You can make pumpkin soup, pie or get recipes to make dog and cat treats as pumpkin is nutritional to them as well as us
  • lfturneriomlfturneriom Forumite
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    pickled pumpkin is super tasty and will last in the cupboard for ages. Can also make nice Christmas presents :)
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    Some great ideas in this thread - please keep them coming for 2022! 
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  • CJRyderCJRyder Forumite
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    Mine will most likely become slow-cooked stock. The scraped seeds and flesh are already in the freezer stock box. I may try roasting a piece and compare it to an eating pumpkin.
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