It is great fun making pumpkin lanterns with the kids in St Albans and Harpenden around Halloween but did you know that 18,000 tonnes of pumpkins are thrown away each year? That’s the same weight as 1,500 double-decker buses according to Sustainable St Albans!
In an attempt to Squash Food Waste #PumpkinRescue at sustainable St Albans have been in the market offering free pumpkin soup recipes, Weigh The Pumpkin challenges, quizzes, games and give-a-ways to help you reduce food waste. If you didn’t get a chance to join them as the Mayor of St Albans did it doesn’t stop you from having your own pumpkin rescue plan.
Pumpkin purée is probably one of the easiest things to make with your pumpkins innards. It is easy to make and takes only about 10 minutes to cook. The carvers will have done all the hard work scooping out the flesh of the pumpkins. Once you have made the easy pumpkin purée it is easy to store or freeze until you are ready to turn it seasonal cakes, pancakes or glorious pies.
Pumpkin flesh can be steamed over a pan of boiling water or cooked in the microwave. To steam the pumpkin, all you need to do is peel and seed it, then cut it into evenly sized cubes. Put the cubes in a steamer or colander set over a pan of simmering water and cook for 10 mins.
After it has been cooking for a while test with the point of a knife and cook for a further 5 mins if not cooked through. When cooked drain off any excess water and mash the flesh as you would boil potatoes and leave to cool. Alternatively, to microwave pumpkin cook it for 20 mins, then check the flesh is soft by poking it with a fork. Keep cooking if you’d like it softer. When it is done mash the flesh in a bowl and leave to cool.
More info @ https://sustainablestalbans.org/pumpkinrescue/
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