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The Great Gourd Debate: When to Use Fresh Versus Canned Pumpkin

Oct 8 2013 - 5:30am

I'm about to tell you something that may shock you: in culinary school, instructors recommended using canned pumpkin [1] over making homemade pumpkin purée. The reason? No matter how much you process fresh pumpkin, it still has a bit of stringy, gritty fiber that can take away from the texture of your recipes, particularly in baked goods. I'm of the belief that there's room in the world for both fresh and canned pumpkin. What matters is how and when you're using pumpkin.Learn when to use one over the other in recipes.

When should you use canned pumpkin?

When should you use fresh pumpkin?

When do you use fresh pumpkin, and when do you stick to the canned stuff?

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