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Pumpkin: like or dislike?

Pumpkin puree

Welcome to Like or Dislike, where you get to share how you really feel about ingredients from the pantry, ingredients I'm thinking about adding to my pantry, other seasonal foods, even favorite cooking gear. Do you like, dislike, love, crave, despise, wish for, use in your own kitchen? The things you like are sure to find their way to the recipes here on The Perfect Pantry, so do tell!

It's that time of the year. We've segued directly from tomato season to Halloween, and pumpkin is everywhere: pies, cakes, muffins, cookies, and bread. The pick-your-own pumpkin patches at local farms are open for business, and the end-of-the-aisle displays in my local market overflow with cans of pumpkin purée, on sale for prices so low I feel compelled to stash a few in the pantry. In my house, we're not huge pumpkin lovers -- apple pie wins out over pumpkin, any day -- so most of that canned pumpkin finds its way into soup. Our jack-o'-lanterns, whether amusing or terrifying, end up in the compost pile.

Pumpkin: like or dislike?

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I get a pumpkin pie each year from my Mom instead of a birthday cake...THAT'S how much I love pumpkin. Kinda a purist, though. I don't like the pumpkin pie mix. I only like the Libby's solid pumpkin and use that recipe on their can for pumpkin pies. Pumpkin solid is always in my pantry. I tried cooking, peeling, cubing and pureeing fresh pumpkin a couple years ago and it was nasty and so labor intensive. I was glad it tasted gross because I didn't want to have to go through all that work again. Chalk one up for "like it"!

I like but do not love. Pumpkin gets old really quick for me... a slice of pie here and there, the yearly pumpkin roll and I'm good :)

My thoughts about pumpkin are definitely mixed. I have had a few pumpkin desserts I enjoyed (pumpkin cheesecake) but for the most part I am not a pumpkin fan. And I am definitely NOT one of those people who look forward to it every year and want to make everything under the sun with pumpkin. And pumpkin pie, meh. I can eat it, but I won't if any other variety of pie is available instead.

Unlike Kalyn's I can't wait for everything pumpkin season. If it's pumpkin, I'm in!

If I could have only one dessert in my life it would be pumpkin pie.

Anyone who says they don't like pumpkin hasn't had my mother's pumpkin pie! It is not the pumpkin so much as the spices I think. The filling is even great just baked in custard cups. Otherwise it is really just a rather bland squash. Can't wait to make it and every year wonder why I wait until Thanksgiving. I also found I really had fun making my own purée. I was concerned it wouldn't be dense enough, but it worked beautifully. The pumpkin ravioli was incredible.

Love prepared pumpkin and also love fresh pumpkin baked with stuffing. It makes a beautiful centerpiece and tastes out-of-this-world.

I'm a pumpkin lover however here in New Zealand we mostly eat it as a vegetable. My favourite way is roasted. My favourite variety is the Buttercup Pumpkin which has a very firm and not at all watery flesh.

So here if you want to make a lovely, sweet pumpkin pie you'll need to make your own pumpkin puree - I've never seen canned puree on the shop shelves. Oh, the only thing I do loathe about pumpkins is trying to cut into them!

Michelle - downunder in Wellington, NZ

I'm a definitely YAY! I particularly like pumpkin bread and muffins, but I make pumpkin custard, soups, pies, and chili, too. Pumpkin pie, according to my father-in-law (a long-time grocery man), is better made with year old canned pumpkin. I think he's right. And I'm a pumpkin snob; I like Libby's plain old, plain old for pie. Skip the organic brands, please.

I'm with KalynsKitchen! I am always happywhenthe "everything is pumpkin " season is finally over.

On August 6th I harvested my first pumpkin of the season. It weighed 42 pounds. Since then I've harvested another big pumpkin and 5 pie pumpkins, and have 2 more medium sized pumpkins on the vine.

I planted none of these. All of them came from my compost.

Do I like pumpkin pie? Not really. I prefer a hot fudge brownie sundae made with a Killer Brownie from Dorothy Lane Market and Graeter's Ice Cream.

However, with all of the pumpkin puree I put up from my copious small volunteers, I do tend to make a bunch of pumpkin muffins, waffles, French toast, and pizzas. The big pumpkins will become jack o lanterns and then worm food, because the worms LOVE pumpkin.

And yes, since it's such a good price, I have been known to stash a can of pure pumpkin in the pantry for those times that I just don't feel like waiting until a bag thaws.

LOVE! Sorry, didn't mean to shout, but I'm definitely a fan. From pumpkin oatmeal or smoothies for breakfast, to the surprise ingredient in our favorite chicken enchilada soup, to my favorite pie, (which is also delightful for breakfast).
The "Pumpkin all the Things!" meme was created with me in mind. :)

As a kid, there were always cans of Libby's pumpkin in my mother's pantry. She made the best pumpkin pies and tea cakes with them, which I loved. In my kitchen, pumpkin is mostly used in savory ways but pumpkin pie and sometimes pumpkin cheesecake still make their fall appearance on the Thanksgiving table. Like it!

I've not a huge pumpkin pie fan, but I love pumpkin chocolate chip breads, etc. I think it's a texture thing with pumpkin pie.

I think it's a worthwhile pantry item this time of the year. I have a granddaughter who loves pumpkin chocolate chip bars and you never know when she wants them. And I like enough other pumpkin dishes, namely soups and pie. Also the expiration date on those cans is so far out, you don't have to worry so much about that.

I like pumpkin, but would not choose it to take to a desert island. My husband's favorite dessert is pumpkin pie. Libby's pure pumpkin, and I make a killer pie with great spices. It is fun to read everyone's posts!

Love pie, soup, custard. Unsuccessful with stuffed and baked, though I've tried a few times. Made delicious muffins with a pie mix. Still, I'm more likely to make similar things with butternut, etc., squash. It's important to me to honor the cycle of the seasons, and fall squash harvest it a landmark.
And I had some compost volunteers, too. What fun!

I like pumpkin -- in pies or in an occasional slice of cheesecake. Maybe a muffin. I just don't understand the whole put-it-in-everything every Fall (or like this year, before summer was over). It's just an eyeroller for me. But I'm cranky like that.

Just copied a recipe for pumpkin-bacon pancakes so we can start the day right.

I like pumpkin! In Hawaii farm fresh grown pumpkin is available 10 months out of the year (not available April and May).

When I was an NCO in the Air Force, I was in charge of a dinning hall. I was also in charge of training
I had a baker that I was training and it was that time between the end of Halloween and the coming up to Thanksgiving
Because it was my last year in the military I wanted to go out in style so my goal was to make every meal a home cook meal
To that end I got a bunch of fresh pumpkins to carve for Halloween so that I could use them for pumpkin pie once they were skinned, cooked down and spices added
The baker works at night and was a person I was training for the job
When she came in I told her that the pumpkin pie mix was cooling down and she would need to put it away
And this is what She said no lie with a great deal of confusion
“Pumpkin pie mix… I always thought it came out of a can”
No lie …Yea

I LOVE that I can grow subtropical pumpkins in Miami. I love that growing them has me seeking all kinds of pumpkin recipes to use up the fruits of not not-so-much-labor (mine are a great variety that I don't need to fertilize or tend, other than making sure the vines don't get EVERYWHERE). I have used it in muffins and cookies and homemade caramel syrup (for coffee and ice cream) and in a blue-box-like mac and cheese sauce that's vegan. LOVE me some pumpkin!

I used canned pumpkin this morning to make pumpkin pie baked oatmeal! Loved it! My favorite pumpkin recipe is my mom's stuffed whole pumpkin... it is the very best fall meal

I love pumpkin, in everything. Soups, pie, other deserts, ice cream, as a vegetable in a meal, pumpkin spiced lattes. Now that it is fall, bring it on.

I love pumpkin, here in oz we tend to use it only in savoury dishes( Thai pumpkin soup, or as a baked veggie to go with our roast dinner)
I don't think I have ever seen canned pumpkin(although I haven't looked for it!!!)
One of my favourites is mashed potato and pumpkin with butter and garlic, pumpkin is also good in scones
Love hearing of all it's uses

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