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Thick Caramelized Homemade Pumpkin Puree. Use it for a wide variety of recipes including Pumpkin Pie, Pumpkin Carrot Cake, Muffins, Lattes, etc… You get quite a bit from one Pumpkin and the addition of Pumpkin Juice & Seeds too. The Puree can be portioned into Ziploc bags and frozen until needed.

Since this is something that I use for a few Recipes. I don’t season the puree at all. I reserve that for whatever dishes the Puree is being used for.


Use a small Pumpkin, as the big ones or the ones used for carving are too big and fibrous.

The real trick is to use the Pumpkin skin that is full of that Orange pigment that can be used along with the Puree for the color. When this goes into the oven again to caramelize – which is the second trick, the color and flavor are boosted naturally.

Wash the Pumpkin well and Dry. Slice the Pumpkin in half, scooping out the membrane and seeds. Chop off the stem and bottom root piece. Then Chop the Pumpkin into manageable pieces that can fit into the blender after the first cook. I usually cut into strips.

Small Pumpkin

Small Pumpkin

From this we will get the following.

  • Caramelized Pumpkin Puree
  • Pumpkin Juice
  • Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

How to make Pumpkin Puree

Once the pumpkin is cleaned out with seeds removed and chopped into manageable pieces. Place skin side up in a large Casserole and into a preheated oven at 400 F for 45 minutes to an hour. Until the Pumpkin is soft so that it can be puréed with ease.

There will be juices on the bottom of the pan. This can be drained into a bowl that will be used to collect additional pumpkin juice when straining.

Chopped Pumpkin
Chopped Pumpkin

Pumpkin Puree

Blend the roasted Pumpkin Pieces, skin on, in batches. Blend for a while and check the size of the Skin pieces. If it is in small pieces, you’re good. If not, keep blending. From here the Puree can be used, strained and then used or caramelized even further to develop a deeper color and more flavor. As well as thicken it like the canned Pumpkin Puree.

Blended Pumpkin
Blended Pumpkin

How to Caramelize Pumpkin Puree

Once you have all of your Puree. Drain the Juices from the casserole into a separate bowl and empty the Puree back into the casserole dish. Continue to cook at 400 F until thickened. This will evaporate excess water and concentrate the Flavors & deepen the Color. Cook until desired thickness, then remove from the oven and let cool.

The time this takes depends on how fresh your Pumpkin is and how thick you want the Puree, anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. The more fresh your Pumpkin, the more juices it will contain. Optionally, you can strain out any juices that you can before placing back into the oven to caramelize. This will reduce the cooking time.

Pumpkin Puree first cook

Pumpkin Puree

The first cook will make a Puree with lots of water content.

Pumpkin Puree going in for a second Cook

Caramelized Pumpkin Puree

To remove the excess water and get a consistency like Canned Pumpkin Puree. It is placed back into the oven to caramelize and cook until the desired thickness. Mix it around occasionally.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seeds are a great snack and touts some major health benefits as well. Plus, there are just so many ways these can be flavored.

Pumpkin Seeds

Washing Pumpkin Seeds

Wash the Pumpkin Seeds to remove large pieces of membrane and then place into a Pot with 4 Cups of water and 1 Tbl of Sea Salt.

Bring to a boil and then reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes.

Drying Pumpkin Seeds after boiling

Dry Overnight

After simmering for 5 minutes. Strain and place into the screen or rack to set aside. Let them dry overnight.

Toss with Neutral Oil and roast until crisp at 400 F. At the last minute, season with any seasoning desired, toss and bake for a few minutes. Set aside to cool and enjoy.

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Roasted Garlic Pumpkin Seeds

These Pumpkin Seeds were tossed in a couple Tbl of Garlic Sauce. Baked at 400 F for 5 minutes, tossed, 3 minutes, and tossed again. Then 2 minutes and tossed again and then baked another 1 minute.

About 10 – 12 minutes. Bake longer if a darker color is desired.

If using Seasoning. Just coat the Pumpkin seeds in Oil and bake. Add the seasoning at the last minute or two.

Pumpkin Juice

How much you get depends on how fresh your Pumpkin is. Pumpkins that are picked up in October and used 3 months later will yield very little juice.

The Pumpkin juice is collected from cooking as well as straining the pulp and can also be used to adjust the consistency of the Puree or portioned off into Ziploc bags or ice cube trays and frozen to use at a later time.

Pumpkin Juice

Pumpkin Juice

Save any Juices from cooking the Pumpkins as well as when straining into a bowl.

Thick Pumpkin Puree

The Pumpkin pulp is the meat of it all. After the Pumpkin has been cooked the second time for caramelization, color & flavor. Place the Puree into a cheesecloth and string up to drain for a few hours. I leave it overnight. After it is not dripping anymore, gently squeeze to extract even more juices out from the pulp.

Straining Pumpkin Pulp

Pumpkin Puree / Pulp

This is your Thick Pumpkin Puree, just like you get from the can, but with better flavors as it is extremely fresh. Plus more of it and Pumpkin Juice & Seeds to boot. Which have numerous health benefits and should be enjoyed, at least once every fall.

Pumpkin Juice and Puree
Pumpkin Juice and Puree

Pumpkin Puree Consistency

Straining out the Pumpkin Puree after it has caramelized is optional. But will yield you a thicker Paste, much like the canned versions. Depending on the recipe you plan on using it for. Add some Pumpkin Juice back into the Puree if needed to thin it out. Else, use it thick for things like Pumpkin Pie.

Pumpkin Puree

Thick Pumpkin Puree

This has been puréed, caramelized and strained for a Thick Pumpkin Puree.

How to Store Pumpkin Puree

Place both the Puree & Juices into separate airtight containers and refrigerate for up to 4 days. For longer storage, portion and place into Ziploc bags to freeze for up to 1 year. Optionally freeze into Ice Cube trays and once frozen, transfer them to a freezer bag.

Thick Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin Puree

Thick Homemade Caramelized Pumpkin Purée to use in your favorite pumpkin recipes. With Pumpkin Seeds and Pumpkin Juice.
Servings: 1 portions
Prep30 minutes
Cook 3 hours
Drain Time12 hours


  • 1 Blender or Food Processor
  • 1 Cheesecloth
  • 1 Large Casserole
  • 1 Screen or Rack for the seeds
  • 2 Bowls one for the Pumpkin Juices and the other for the Seeds


  • 1 large Pumpkin

Pumpkin Seeds

  • 4 C Water
  • 1 Tbl Sea Salt


  • Preheat the oven to 400 F. Wash well the exterior of the Pumpkin and Dry. Cut in half, chopping off the Stem and Bottom Stem piece. Scoop the Seeds and Membrane out and place into a bowl.
  • Chop the Pumpkin into manageable pieces that can later be thrown into the blender. Lay them out skin side up in a casserole dish, you can stack them on top.
    Place into the oven for 45 minutes to an hour, Until soft when pierced. Let cool. Remove any charred pieces if present.
  • Purée the Pumpkin pieces in batches, looking at the pieces of the skin will tell you how fine it is. Keep blending until they are in small pieces. Repeat until all pieces are puréed.
    Strain the cooking Juices in the Casserole Dish into a bowl that you will later use to catch all the juices extracted when straining the Pumpkin Purée.
  • Empty the Pumpkin Purée back into the casserole dish and place into the oven at 400 F to caramelize and thicken to the desired consistency. This will evaporate excess water and concentrate the Flavors & Color. Set aside to cool.
    The time this takes depends on the Freshness of the Pumpkin and how thick you want the purée. The more fresh, the more juices and the longer it will take to thicken. Caramelize anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours. An optional step is to strain out the Purée before caramelizing to reduce the liquids before going back into the oven, which will reduce the cook time.
  • Place the Puréed Pumpkin into a cheesecloth strung up to let drain, with the Bowl of Pumpkin juice underneath to catch the juices. After a few hours or no longer releasing any liquids, gently squeeze well to extract more juice from the pulp.

Pumpkin Seeds

  • Place the Seeds and membrane into a bowl of water and remove the Seeds from any large pieces of membrane. Discard the membrane and strain.
  • Place the Seeds into a pot with 4 Cups of Water & 1 Tbl of Sea Salt, bring to a boil then reduce heat to medium and simmer for 5 minutes. Strain and place on a screen or rack. Let dry overnight.
  • To Roast, toss the Seeds with a bit of Oil and roast in a preheated oven at 400 F until Crisp & Browned, tossing them around once in a while. The last few minutes add any seasoning you desire and salt depending on if the seasoning already contains salt or not, toss well and cook a few minutes more. Let cool.


Both the Pumpkin Puree & Pumpkin Juice can be portioned and frozen to use at a later time.
When roasting the Seeds, I let them cook 5 minutes before tossing, then at 3 minutes toss and 2 minutes toss. After that, I add any seasoning and roast another minute. Adding additional salt if needed.
Course: Ingredient
Cuisine: American, Canadian
Keywords: Homemade Pumpkin Puree, Mashed Pumpkin, Pumpkin Paste, Pumpkin Puree
Author: JAH

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