1. Dismiss Notice
  2. Official SS Poll: What do you do to eliminate bills / cut down expenses?
    CLICK HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice
  3. Container Grown Potatoes?- Discussion Thread
    CLICK HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice
  4. SS Picture of the Week (POW) - Submit your Pics Now !!
    Click HERE!
    (if you are logged in, this notice can be dismissed using the "x" to the top right of the notice)

    Dismiss Notice

Preserving Pumpkin

Discussion in 'Frugal Living - Making and Saving Money' started by lcertuche, Nov 2, 2016.

  1. Nov 2, 2016
    lcertuche

    lcertuche Almost Self-Reliant

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2016
    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    620
    Trophy Points:
    163
    Last year I scored some pumpkins for $1 a piece. I only got two and I really regretted I didn't get more. I ended up cooking them in my giant electric roaster (kind of like a huge crock pot). Just used a hammer and my big ole butcher knife to slice through the center. I cooked until a fork could pierce the skin.

    I always roast the seeds separately on a cookie sheet.

    I ended up with 13 or 14 quart bags of pumpkin puree. A real bargain for $2 considering canned pumpkin was over a buck a piece in the stores.

    This year I'm thinking I will dehydrate some pumpkin if I can get some more bargains. It takes up less room and re-hydrates nicely.

    Now my favorite ways to eat pumpkin: pies, muffins, ravioli, enchiladas, smoothies, soup... Oh, what am I saying, any recipe using pumpkin is my favorite!
     
    valmom likes this.
  2. Nov 2, 2016
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2012
    Messages:
    10,218
    Likes Received:
    4,030
    Trophy Points:
    373
    Location:
    USDA 9a
    I love pumpkin too... especially some pumpkin soup! DH brought 6 nice big ones home from work yesterday. Some of them have been carved up and are deteriorating a bit....pigs/chickens will get those. Not sure what I'll do with the others...maybe just bake them and put the innerds in the freezer.
     
  3. Nov 2, 2016
    NH Homesteader

    NH Homesteader Super Self-Sufficient

    Joined:
    Sep 7, 2016
    Messages:
    4,799
    Likes Received:
    3,200
    Trophy Points:
    267
    I just made roasted pumpkin seeds yesterday. They're gone now! My husband loves them! The rest was carved and will be fed to the pigs once it starts going bad.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2016
    lcertuche

    lcertuche Almost Self-Reliant

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2016
    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    620
    Trophy Points:
    163
    We love the seeds too, especially the kids. It's surprising how many seeds one pumpkin can have.
     
  5. Nov 3, 2016
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2012
    Messages:
    10,218
    Likes Received:
    4,030
    Trophy Points:
    373
    Location:
    USDA 9a
    I tossed one that was in poor condition to the pigsters this morning - they loved it!
     
  6. Nov 4, 2016
    lcertuche

    lcertuche Almost Self-Reliant

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2016
    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    620
    Trophy Points:
    163
    Yeah, it's too bad that pumpkin seeds are not really suppose to be a dewormer. At least they are full of nutrition as are the pumpkin flesh and skin. I love being able to throw my frozen, raw tomatoes out to my chickens. Nothing really goes to waste on a farm.
     
  7. Nov 4, 2016
    Mini Horses

    Mini Horses Super Self-Sufficient

    Joined:
    Sep 2, 2015
    Messages:
    1,705
    Likes Received:
    1,499
    Trophy Points:
    212
    Location:
    coastal VA
    Pumpkins are loaded with good nutrition, esp the seeds. I throw excess to all the animals and walking thru the "old" pig pen yesterday, I find about 50 volunteer tomato plants!! Crap! not gonna be able to use this late in year but I sure WANT to dig & pot! Have some good feed pumpkin seeds but so wet this Spring that nothing got planted. Not even a lonely tomato!!

    Hoping we all have a better Spring next year. I think many had a garden bust this year and we sure need to re-supply the jars. So miss the fresh veggies to pick -- and toss to the animals.

    Hoping to pick up some "excess/rejects" from some local pumpkin fields in next month. Several around. Gotta get out there & talk to the owners.
     
    lcertuche likes this.
  8. Nov 4, 2016
    lcertuche

    lcertuche Almost Self-Reliant

    Joined:
    Aug 26, 2016
    Messages:
    980
    Likes Received:
    620
    Trophy Points:
    163
    I love volunteer plants. I got squash one year so maybe next spring you'll get some pumpkin. If they in the pig pen then you know they are fertilized. I imagine you could save the tomato plants. Just pot them up and put in a sunny window. They would be pretty leggy but just bury them trench style for lots of roots when you did set them out. If they are crowded in a pot of plain dirt maybe they wouldn't grow to fast. Maybe build a hoop house out of fence panels and plastic. Put bales of hay around them with a floating cover under the hoop house. That's how some do up north. Anyway, maybe to much trouble for a maybe survival rate. Fun thinking about it though. If its in your critter pen they will probably eat the plants anyway.
     
  9. Nov 4, 2016
    frustratedearthmother

    frustratedearthmother Sustainability Master

    Joined:
    Mar 11, 2012
    Messages:
    10,218
    Likes Received:
    4,030
    Trophy Points:
    373
    Location:
    USDA 9a
    That's the motto at our house!

    @Mini Horses - I say go for it with at least a couple of those 'mater plants. Worth a try!
     
  10. Nov 5, 2016
    Beekissed

    Beekissed Mountain Sage

    Joined:
    Jul 12, 2008
    Messages:
    11,649
    Likes Received:
    1,810
    Trophy Points:
    407
    Location:
    Mountains of WV
    But they are a dewormer...

    http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00436-015-4416-0?no-access=true

    http://connection.ebscohost.com/c/a...xima-pumpkin-seeds-carica-papaya-papaya-seeds

    http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/B9780123756886101100

    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103934/

    [​IMG]


    From the study, it is observed that Z. zerumbet has shown better activity than C. maxima at a higher concentration (100 mg/ml) compared to standard Albendazole (100 mg/ml). The comparison of death time for both the plants in different concentrations with respect to standard (Albendazole).
     

Share This Page