scooping out a pumpkin

by Patricia on November 16, 2009 · 6 comments


If it weren’t for cleaning out the inside of a pumpkin, I think I would cook with them more often. It takes me forever to scrape out all of the stringy stuff inside. This has made me lazy and I mostly use canned now. But we bought a few pumpkins for Hallloween decorations, and never carved them, so they have been sitting there taunting me… (I’m not sure how to cook big pumpkins though, I’ve only cooked with small sugar pumpkins – anyone have suggestions?).

Tonight I decided to go for it. Just cut the top off of a sugar pumpkin and dove in. I made a rendition of Ruth Riechl’s pumpkin “soup” or gratin or whatever you want to call it (it doesn’t really resemble soup, at least not the way I made it. Tasty though. Then again most things are tasty with enough melted cheese).

There I was cleaning out the pumpkin with a spoon and getting really annoyed with all the stringy innards. I nearly gave up, but instead went on a hunt for something better. I’m sure I am not the first person to do this, but I found that an ice cream scoop worked better than anything else I tried. It made short work of the rest of the pumpkin guts and I was happy to be moving on to the fun part of baking the pumpkin and toasting the seeds.

So there you have it: ice cream scoops, not just for ice cream…



1 Laura Conrad November 17, 2009 at 11:14 am

For cooking large pumpkins, the Moosewood Cookbook has a recipe for a soup that’s cooked in the oven inside a large pumpkin. Then you scoop out some cooked pumpkin with every serving of the soup.

2 Patricia November 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

I tried something like this but with the small sugar pumpkin. I wasn’t sure if the large one would work, but I’ll give it a try. Thanks :)

3 Armand November 17, 2009 at 6:16 am

I like your food photograpy. Looks very professional :-)

4 Patricia November 22, 2009 at 9:29 am

Thanks Armand :)

5 Brit Hammer November 17, 2009 at 1:20 am

I use an apple corer (the kind with saw-tooth edges) – it cuts the strings.

6 Patricia November 22, 2009 at 9:28 am

That would work well too, but I don’t have one. I’m not sure I could be trusted with one anyway since I managed to cut through my fingernail with a regular peeler… saw-tooth edges sounds dangerous :)

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