Last year around this time I learned some surprising truth….
Most canned pumpkin is….SQUASH! This shouldn’t be surprising since pumpkins and squash are both a part of the same family, but it is odd that most canned pumpkin puree is actually squash. People are enamored with pumpkins this time of year, myself included. But they probably wouldn’t get too excited about eating a squash pie, squash spice lattes, or squash bread.. Those don’t sound nearly as appetizing as pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice lattes, and pumpkin bread. My dad told me last year that my Nanny used to always make her pumpkin pies out of squash. My mind was completely blown! I tried making “pumpkin” foods with butternut squash puree last year, and I couldn’t notice a difference whatsoever. Many people even claim that butternut squash has a more pleasant taste than actual pumpkin. My guess is you won’t be able to tell one from the other! Read below for my tips on making delicious “pumpkin” (butternut squash) puree! You can freeze it, or put it in a can in the refrigerator to use all autumn long! I made a big batch for the freezer that I could take out for baking, and I left a can in the fridge as well. Yummm.
Start with a butternut squash! This one was HUGE. Poke some holes in the squash with a fork or knife, and microwave for several minutes until its soft enough to cut.
Peel your squash!
Get rid of the seeds and stringy parts (kind of just like in a pumpkin!) and cube up the squash.
Cover with water and simmer until the squash are tender. Time will depend on how much squash you have. It took me a little longer than usual with this large volume of squash! I also had to use two pots because they didn’t all fit!
When the squash cubes are tender, drain them and throw them in the food processor and puree until blended smooth. You may have to do this part in batches too if you have a lot like I did!
Freeze or put in a can in the fridge to use all fall!
Super easy and 1 butternut squash potentially can yield up to several (big) cans worth of pumpkin puree, so it saves you money to make it at home! Plus, it is so much healthier because there are no additives or preservatives used in the canning process. This is fresh, organic, (if you choose an organic squash), cheap, and delicious! Try it!