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5 Ways To Use Up Leftover Pumpkins

Are you a secret pumpkin hoarder like me? I seriously don’t know what it is but during the whole month of October my kitchen is never without a pumpkin on display. I see pumpkins and I cannot resist buying them. I never know what I’m going to do with them once I’ve bought them, I just know that I love them and want to take them home.

If after next week you are left with some spare pumpkins and you have no idea what to do with them, try some of these recipes, tips and ideas.

1. Make Pumpkin Puree.
Pumpkin puree is really easy to make at home yourself. Just cut open your pumpkin, remove the skin and seeds and chop. Steam or boil the pumpkin until soft and then puree with a Hand Blender. You can freeze in portions if you like, or keep in the fridge for a couple of days if you are going to be using it in a smoothie or some homemade houmous, turning it into a face mask or using it in a recipe like these ones.

2. Roast The Pumpkin Seeds
Have you ever done this? This is a great way to not only minimise the waste from your pumpkin but to also enjoy a nutritional boost as pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium, manganese, copper, protein and zinc. You can roast the seeds and eat them whole, or remove the outer shell and just eat the smaller seed inside. Here is a great ‘How To’ guide to roasting pumpkin seeds from Oh She Glows.3. Make Pumpkin Soup
Pumpkin soup is delicious and probably my favourite thing to make with a pumpkin. You can make a super quick and easy pumpkin soup by adding it to a saucepan with stock and other vegetables or you can get a little fancy and roast the pumpkin first to intensify the flavour. Try this Basic Pumpkin Soup recipe or jazz it up a little with this Garlic Roasted Pepper Pumpkin Soup recipe. Clean Eating Garlic Roasted Pepper & Pumpkin Soup 14. Replace Butternut Squash With Pumpkin in Your Favourite Recipes
Pumpkin & Butternut Squash are pretty similar and can be used interchangably in most recipes. Do you have a favourite recipe using butternut squash? Give it a go but use pumpkin instead! Try it in one of these delicious recipes.

5. Make A Pumpkin Bird Feeder 
If you fancy getting crafty, or if your pumpkins are no longer edible, then this is a fantastic way for you to use up your leftover pumpkins from Martha Stewart! Not only are you able to reuse and recycle your pumpkin, you provide food for the birds during these colder months. We will definitely be making these this year!

 

 

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