Pumpkins from Your Garden: How to Use them Up!


Pumpkin plants with rich harvest on a field ready to be harvested

Are you growing pumpkins in your garden? That beautiful orange gourde against the bright green leaves. Pumpkins are an easy and abundant thing to grow in a garden of any size. However, one thing might perplex you and that is, what to do with all those extra pumpkins in your garden! There is more than one way to use that big orange squash relative and I’ll show you how!

You’ve got extra pumpkins in your garden, so what now?!

Ideas to use up all those extra pumpkins in your garden

Did you know that there are different types of pumpkins? Yes, there are 42 different kinds! What type did you plant? The most common are field pumpkins, also called Cucurbita. There are also subspecies of Cucurbita which is where you will find your pie pumpkins, jack o lanterns, acorn squash, and zucchini!

Using up all those extra pumpkins in your garden:

Assuming that you planted mostly edible pumpkins, I’ll go over some of the various and awesome ways that you can use, preserve and even freeze your delicious pumpkins! Check out these great ideas:

  • Puree or Pie Filling! Make your own pumpkin puree by cooking down your pumpkin and then either mash it or blend it. You could also make it into pumpkin pie filling by adding pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • Use them for Recipes:
  • Stock and Broth: You can add pumpkin and it’s guts into your stock and broth pots! It adds a nice squashy, fall flavor and can be strained out just like all the other ingredients.
  • Bake it! Bake your pumpkin whole or try this awesome Pumpkin Stew in a Pumpkin!
  • Pumpkin All The Things: Make pumpkin applesauce or pumpkin yogurt. Add pumpkin to your cream cheese or make pumpkin butter! You can ever mix pumpkin into your peanut butter or vanilla ice cream! I’m serious! Pumpkin is so versatile!
  • Freeze It. Yes, you can freeze pumpkin! Freeze the puree or freeze it in chunks. You can use them for recipes, smoothies, baby food, and dog treats!

Which Pumpkins Are Edible?

The plain and simple truth is – – Yes, all varieties of pumpkins are edible. Of course, pumpkin seeds are edible, too. Both pumpkin flesh (called pulp or meat) and seeds taste good and are healthy and nutritious. The relevant question to ask is about taste and texture. Cooking pumpkins (usually labeled as so) will taste the best.

Kimberly C. Starr

I'm a ginger who loves reading, eating, being a nurse, spending time with my family, and writing about it all. I believe humor is the best medicine, followed very closely by chocolate and tacos.

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