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A Buyer's Guide To Pumpkins

  • Master list of Pumpkin varieties
  • When buying pumpkins, select a firm, heavy pumpkin without blemishes or spots.
  • Look for pumpkins with a rich, orange color and an attached, dry stem.
  • A well-formed, heavy pumpkin will have more meat, less waste and a sweeter flavor than lighter weight pumpkins.
  • Avoid pumpkins with scars or cracks.
  • If stored in a cool (50 degrees F), dry, well-ventilated place, pumpkins will last three or four months. If kept at room temperature, pumpkins will keep for about one month.
  • Pumpkin puree can be refrigerated for 3-5 days or frozen for later use (up to a year in the freezer). One 2 to 2 1/2 pound pumpkin equals 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin puree (enough for one pie).
  • Small, two- to three-pound pie pumpkins are easiest to use in cooking.

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