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What Is Solid Pack Pumpkin?

So What Exactly Is Solid Pack Pumpkin?

Recently, a co-worker came to me with a number of questions about canned, solid pack pumpkin: Is it sweetened? Does it have spices in it? What is it used for?

If you're also curious to know, here's the answer you've been waiting for. Solid pack pumpkin is exactly that: just pumpkin, and nothing else (despite the misleading pumpkin pie that is often on the label). It's sometimes called pumpkin puree or "100% pure pumpkin" to distinguish it from the similarly named pumpkin pie filling, which contains sugar and spices.

Although you can make it yourself, buying solid pack pumpkin — which is free of preservatives — saves you the effort of seeding, roasting, scooping, and blending pumpkin flesh until smooth. The puree can be used as a time-saving measure when making recipes for the likes of pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin soup.

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Giasbash6260 Giasbash6260 7 years
I eat canned pumpkin every single day at breakfast, around 8 or so ounces... sprinkled with cinnamon and with a poached egg on the side... Sometimes when it's cold outside I warm the pumpkin in the microwave but that's pretty much the extent of me cooking it... It's delicious! I go through about 4-5 cans a week (15 ounce ones) but I am sure if the store kept selling the 29 ounce cans I wouldn't need so much but NOOO ever since the pumpkin drought the big cans are MIA... but at least they have the little ones again! DELICIOUS!
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
I give it to my dogs at night to help ease the one's colitis. It seems to help, though not sure it is supposed to?! Other than that, pumpkin pie, pumpkin squares, pumpkin bread... I could go on.
Wild-Magelet Wild-Magelet 7 years
Pumpkin in a tin! That's so bizarre. :) I've never seen a can of pumpkin here (NZ). It's not a dessert food, either, though. Pumpkins are just a standard roast vegetable for dinner, or they're made into pumpkin soup. Yummy, though!
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 7 years
I just learned that pumpkins are complicated. Libby's "pumpkin" is a type of pumpkin but very similar to butternut squash, from what I can tell. Libby's is cucurbita moschata. Most pumpkins, as we know them, are cucurbita pepo. I'm not suggesting one is better than the other, just kind of interesting.
Spectra Spectra 7 years
Ok, so maybe I'm in the minority, but all I ever see at the store is solid-pack pumpkin; I've NEVER seen pumpkin pie filling with the sugar/spices already in it. And I use it a's great for pumpkin bread, soups, etc. And my dog also loves it and it's good for her.
AbbyHintz AbbyHintz 7 years
Canned pumpkin is fine, but why do we pretend that pumpkin is a seasonal food if all we use is canned? Let's all take advantage of the great surplus our local farms produce by using fresh pumpkin in the fall. Use the canned in the winter.
Caittylynn Caittylynn 7 years
I add a scoop to piping hot steel cut oatmeal. Yummy! Or mix it with honey as a face mask.
bchicgrl bchicgrl 7 years
I buy it every year, I always make pumpkin cheesecake for Thanksgiving and then normally will have pumpkin smoothies, pancakes, cookies, or breads throughout the holiday. I love this time of yr because I can totally go bake crazy :)
suziryder suziryder 7 years
CarebearNJ (Hey, I'm from NJ! Woo Jersey girls!) have you posted the pumpkin recipe on Kitchen Goddess? Iiiii'm crazy for risotto and pumpkin risotto sounds AWESOME. :D I've used it to make pumpkin bread and pumkin brownies with white chocolate chips so far this year. Both were very yummy. I just bought two more cans at the store yesterday... there are so many delicious-sounding recipies to try! I <3 pumpkin!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 7 years
Yes, it a staple in my pantry. I do all of the above and have used it in African and so many other cultural dishes. It's also great for a fat substitute in baking when I wanna feel healthy. To doogirl - roasted pecans and candied (or not) ginger are a great addition to your pumpkin scones. :drool:
HappyKate HappyKate 7 years
Fresh Pumpkin is the BEST! It's so easy too! All you do is cook like any other squash and then use it the same way you would canned! It makes the best pie!
Gdeeaz Gdeeaz 7 years
my mom uses it to make some type of cream cheese pumpkin rolls.
doogirl doogirl 7 years
Pumpkin pies, every year! But this year I'm going to try pumpkin pancakes and pumpkin bread and pumpkin scones!
Pets Pets 7 years
mcfolly mcfolly 7 years
Pumpkin and black bean soup! Yum!
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I'd really love some more savory pumpkin recipes. Mamasita, vegetarian sloppy joes with pumpkin? Please share!
MLH1 MLH1 7 years is great in pancakes too! My favorite is pumpkin soup.
HoneyBrown1976 HoneyBrown1976 7 years
I use it for pumpkin pies. I'm thinking of making pumpkin muffins soon, though.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I LOVE this stuff.... my sister and I made vegetarian "sloppy joes" with this last year, it was DELICIOUS
lekatvt lekatvt 7 years
Ironically, I bought packed pumpkin over the weekend to use in a gravy for a pot roast. It received rave reviews.
Pampire Pampire 7 years
Yes I buy it and use it for pumpkin pies, pumpkin bread and pumpkin cheesecake. Yum! :feedme:
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