I also had a messy kitchen that I had to clean.
Next time I will buy the can of pumpkin. Some things are not worth the work!
Labor of Love
I love pumpkin and decided to cook a pumpkin. That is where the labor came in, as I did not realize what was in store for me. I cut up the pumpkin into pieces and scraped out all the seeds and gunk. Then I cooked the pieces in a pot of boiling water. That took a while as the pumpkin was quite big. After that, I peeled away the skin and pureed the pumpkin. I then made some of the pumpkin puree into a wonderful soup in which I put cheese and toasted walnuts on top. I also toasted the walnuts. The rest of the puree went in bags to be frozen for pies. After about 3 hours, I had 4 bags of pumpkin puree for pies and 4 bags of soup for one.