Time to scavenge for pumpkins....

judsoncarroll4 Posts: 5,353 admin
edited November 2021 in Cooking

Seems the trend this year was for everyone to buy several small baking pumpkins and heirloom squashes for decorations rather than to carve big pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns. They will all be thrown away between now and Thanksgiving. SO, today I began asking the neighbors (around my mom's house in the NC sandhills... I don't really have neighbors where I live) if they had plans for them or would be throwing them away. So far, none plant to cook them - what a waste of food! So, I asked them to place them at the end of their drive ways when they are through with them and I'll be glad to pick them up. I got some funny looks, but I just answered, "I LOVE pie!" Which, is true. But, I also love pumpkin roasted or dried and added to to soups, cooked with roasted meats... even do a leftover turkey and pumpkin ravioli in sage and butter sauce which is phenomenal! The seeds are also very good soaked in slat water then baked until crispy - better than sunflower seeds. I have some good pumpkin beer recipes, pumpkin bread recipes, pumpkin pudding, savory pumpkin soufflé,... even a chicken soup cooked in the pumpkin itself. Do y'all have any good pumpkin recipes? If not, they make great free chicken feed, too.