What to do with leftover pumpkin puree. Instructions for storing and freezing, and recipe ideas to use up leftovers!
Happy Friday! I hope you are getting ready for an awesome weekend.
Today I have another entry in my “Waste Not” series, where we try to come up with solutions to cut back on kitchen waste.
Last time we tackled “What to Do With Leftover Buttermilk.” Today we are turning our attentions fall-ward (that’s a word I just made up) with “What to Do With Leftover Pumpkin Puree.”
Canned pumpkin puree is a glorious product of convenience. It’s pure pumpkin in a can (literally, the ingredients list just reads, “pumpkin”) without the time and effort of processing an actual pumpkin in your kitchen.
Here are some handy stats on a standard 15-ounce can of pumpkin puree:
Volume to Weight Conversion
(1 15-ounce can) 1 3/4 cup = 427g
1 cup = 244g
1/2 cup = 122g
1/3 cup = 81g
1/4 cup = 61g
1 tablespoon = 15g
1 teaspoon = 5g
Substituting With Pumpkin Puree
1 egg = 1/4 cup puree
1 cup oil = 1 cup puree
1 cup butter = 3/4 cup puree
A traditional 9-inch pumpkin pie usually uses 1 whole can of pumpkin puree, but many other recipes? Not so much. Pumpkin has A LOT of moisture in it, so a little goes a long way when cooking and leftovers are inevitable. This leaves us with the question:
What to do with leftover pumpkin puree?
- Option 1: Keep Pumpkin Puree in the refrigerator. Pumpkin puree keeps just fine in the refrigerator for up to a week. Transfer the puree to an air-tight container (I’m partial to glass or Pyrex* because it doesn’t pick up the pumpkin smell like plastic does) and store for up to 7 days.
- Option 2: Store Pumpkin Puree in the freezer for long-term storage. Freezing pumpkin puree is also a great option. Freeze in an air-tight container or freezer bags in whatever portion sizes you are most likely to use. It will keep for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator.
- Option 3: (The best option) Make it into something amazing. There are a ton of recipes out there that use a partial can of pumpkin puree. I’ve rounded up bunch of them here, and divided them up by amount needed. It’s a good looking bunch. Go nuts!