Pumpkin Puree

 November 1, 2013
Posted by jenn

Halloween’s hollowed hero is so much more than just a pretty scarey face! Too often underrated and underutilized Jack is typically sent straight to the dumpster the day after.

Not this year. We have other ideas which can be summed up in two words: Pumpkin Puree!  Here’s how to create the golden nectar base and 3 things you can do with it, the shells and then how to dispose of it all, naturally.

Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Wedges

Cut Pumpkin Wedges

Baked Pumpkin Wedges

Baked Pumpkin Wedges

    Add scooped pumpkin to a food processor or high-powered blender and puree until smooth. If the pumpkin seems dry, add a few tablespoons of water until it is moist and resembles the puree you see in a can. (Pumpkin can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container for about a week)

1. Pumpkin Pamper: DIY pumpkin facial mask recipe:

Pumpkins are rich in Vitamins A and C and various enzymes that help nourish and brighten skin. Who knew, right?

Pumpkin Facial Mix

Pumpkin Facial Mix

What you’ll need:

What you’ll need:
2 Cups Pureed pumpkin
Pumpkin Facial
4 tbsp Unflavored yogurt
4 tbsp Honey
1/3 cup Ground almonds
1/4 tsp Olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Mix 2 cups of pureed pumpkin, unflavored yogurt, tablespoons honey, cup ground almonds, teaspoon olive oil.
  2. Apply to clean, moist skin.
  3. Relax for 5-10 minutes.  Enzymes are most active in a warm moist environment so if possible enjoy a bath or shower while pampering
  4. Remove with a clean washcloth.
  5. Apply moisturizer and enjoy soft clean skin!
  6. Cover the rest of the mixture and use within a week.

2. Pumpkin Martini:

Pumpkin Martini

Pumpkin Martini

What you’ll need:

1/2 ounce cream liqueur
2 ounces vanilla vodka
1/2 ounce pumpkin puree
1 tsp whipped cream (optional)
Cinnamon stick for garnish

Preparation:

  1. Pour the cream liqueur and vodka into a cocktail shaker filled with ice.
  2. Shake well.
  3. Add the pumpkin puree
  4. Shake again.
  5. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
  6. Top with a teaspoon of whipped cream.

3. Pumpkin Serving Bowls:

Pumpkin Wedge Bowl

Pumpkin Wedge Bowl

Pull those pumpkin shells you put aside earlier and put them to use as festive serving bowls. The roasted shells can be used to hold dips, soups, seeds, cheese… You’re guests will be truly impressed.

By now you’ve all but completely cannibalized your pumpkins.  The remaining shells can be thrown into your compost or buried directly in the ground to enrich the soil. Pumpkins make great fertilizer. Add plant trimmings and throw leaves over the top.  The pumpkins will decay quickly and begin feeding your garden.  Amazing Pumpkins!

 

xo~oyp

 

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