So What Exactly Is Solid Pack Pumpkin?

Susannah Chen
Susannah Chen

Recently, a coworker 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 more about solid pack pumpkin, here's the answer you've been waiting for.

What Is Solid Pack Pumpkin Puree?

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.

How to Make Solid Pack Pumpkin

Although you can make it yourself by seeding, roasting, scooping, and blending pumpkin flesh until smooth, buying solid pack pumpkin — which is free of preservatives — saves you the effort.

What Can You Use Solid Pack Pumpkin Puree For?

The puree can be used as a time-saving measure when making pumpkin recipes like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, and pumpkin soup.