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Old 10-15-2018, 11:01 PM
 
Location: USA
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Was at Lowe's today & they had gigantic $4 pumpkins. At the supermarkets, they're triple that cost.

I wanted to buy one, but didn't know if all pumpkins are "cooking" pumpkins? Are some just decorations & if so, how do I tell the difference? I know there are some small seasonal gourds that are just for display, not cooking, so thought pumpkins from a home improvement store might be so cheap as they just for display?

Going out again to Lowe's tomorrow, so would like to p/u a couple.

Thank you, kindly!
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:24 AM
 
Location: SE Florida
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I'd stick with those small pie pumpkins. I'll eat pumpkin pie made with them, but not made with canned puree.
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Old 10-16-2018, 04:37 AM
 
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You can (i.e. they won't kill you :-) but, they will be stringy and less flavorful than a sugar pumpkin

https://www.sheknows.com/home-and-ga...rving-pumpkins
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:38 AM
 
Location: Richardson, TX
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Yeah you don’t really want to eat that...except the seeds!
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:53 AM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Pro tip: Don't use the plastic ones. Those are strictly for carrying Halloween candy home.
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Old 10-16-2018, 10:59 AM
 
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As others have said you really want to use a small sugar pumpkin as they are more flavorful. You can also use butternut squash instead. Some canned pumpkin pie filling is actually made with squash and not pumpkin. Butternut squash tends to be more flavorful than pumpkin.
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:01 AM
 
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My mom used to use Squash, it was better than pumpkin pie...had a milder flavor, didn't sweat as much


https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/18...n-pumpkin-pie/
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Old 10-16-2018, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Des Moines Metro
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I use canned pumpkin, period. If I'm cooking a pie from scratch, I already have at least an hour of hands-on time invested in it (making the crust, heating the oven, clean up, etc), and I don't want my hard work ruined by a less than perfect tasting pumpkin.

In my opinion, the best use for "cheap" pumpkins is to clean out the seeds and roast them! If you have tweens, that's generally a good project for them, under your supervision. The roasted seeds can be kept fresh in air-tight jars, but ours always got eaten in a day or two.

Here's how to roast seeds:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13...pumpkin-seeds/
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Old 10-16-2018, 07:37 PM
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I use canned pumpkin, period. If I'm cooking a pie from scratch, I already have at least an hour of hands-on time invested in it (making the crust, heating the oven, clean up, etc), and I don't want my hard work ruined by a less than perfect tasting pumpkin.

In my opinion, the best use for "cheap" pumpkins is to clean out the seeds and roast them! If you have tweens, that's generally a good project for them, under your supervision. The roasted seeds can be kept fresh in air-tight jars, but ours always got eaten in a day or two.

Here's how to roast seeds:

https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/13...pumpkin-seeds/

I've heard some pretty good cooks make the same recommendation. Of course you can always avoid the pumpkin conundrum and make a sweet potato pie.
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Old 10-16-2018, 08:03 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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The big pumpkins are bred to be jack-o-lanterns, not for eating. The pie pumpkins are actual eating squash. And like others have said, canned pumpkin is totally a worthwhile shortcut.
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