What can you do with a cup or less of leftover pumpkin puree? Plenty! Here’s our list of creative, fall-inspired pumpkin recipes, each requiring 1 cup of puree or less to make.
What Can You Do with Leftover Pumpkin Puree?
Whether you make your own pumpkin puree at home or use canned pumpkin, when you're done baking or cooking with it, it seems like there's always at least a little leftover.
So what can you do with a cup or less of leftover pumpkin puree? Plenty!
During fall baking season, I use lot of pumpkin: in pies, breads, pastas, smoothies – you name it. Because let’s face it, pumpkin is tasty, and very versatile. But at the end of the day, I inevitably have anywhere from a spoonful to a cup of puree leftover, which more often than not gets shoved to the back of the fridge and forgotten until it starts to grow legs.
Finding a good use for leftover pumpkin isn’t difficult, but in the rush of the season, it’s easy to put off. (Soccer season does not help; just saying. I see you, Mama.)
How to Store Leftover Pumpkin
If you don’t have time or motivation to use your leftover pumpkin right now, you can store it in the refrigerator for up to a week. After that, you will need to freeze it. Luckily, pumpkin freezes well, and will hold its flavor in the freezer for up to 3 months; and up to a year, depending on how it’s stored.
You can freeze leftover pumpkin puree in resealable freezer bags, freezer-safe plastic containers, or even ice cube trays. Our preferred method for storing pumpkin is to vacuum-seal it; it will last up to a year when stored this way. Allow frozen pumpkin to thaw at room temperature or in the refrigerator before using.
Want to use that pumpkin today? Scroll down and check out our delicious list of fall-inspired pumpkin recipes, each requiring 1 cup of puree or less to make.
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