After Halloween, you may end up with lots of leftover pumpkins, but just tossing them away on November 1 seems like such a waste. You’ll be happy to know that there are plenty of ways to reuse your jack o’lantern pumpkins (as long as they’re not rotten, of course!).
If you hate wasting food or leftovers from past holiday meals, then you can recycle all that pumpkin flesh or use these hacks to create new meals to serve at dinner. From pumpkin puree to pumpkin spice latte, we’ve got you covered. Read on!
Here are some leftover pumpkin recipes for you and your family!
1. Homemade Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin puree recipes are everywhere. One search on the net will give you tons of results. The main steps in any recipe is, first, to get a carving tool, then separate the seeds from the guts after removing them from the pumpkin. Then blend them in the food processor until they have a smooth consistency. Even if you don’t have a carved pumpkin, you can buy a small pumpkin to make one. You can substitute the same amount of pumpkin guts in your favorite pumpkin recipes like pie, bread or pumpkin spice moonshine. We swear you’ll never use the canned stuff again.
2. Pumpkin Juice
Are you a fan of the famous Harry Potter Diagon Alley drink? If yes, then turn your Halloween pumpkin into a delicious juice. You can this recipe to your favorite sauces, leftover pumpkin soup or smoothies to add some extra pumpkin flavor.
To recreate this drink, pour boiling water over the seeds and stringy bits, let it soak for 30 minutes, then strain out the substantial parts. Sprinkle brown sugar onto the boiling water to make it sweet. You can also pair it with apple juice or cider for a seasonally spiced sip. The perfect pumpkin juice at your service.
3. Pumpkin Risotto
Risotto can be derived from fish, meat or vegetables. This northern Italian dish is cooked in a broth to a creamy consistency. If you haven’t made risotto with squash, this recipe will surely give you the creamiest risotto that you can imagine. It’s also easier to make and more forgiving than regular risotto, too. This recipe uses one cup of the pumpkin guts to change what was once waste into magnificence.
4. Pumpkin Donuts
This fall season makes you crave for hot drinks, and you can pair it with pumpkin donuts. You can also eat it with pumpkin-flavored ice cream. These adorable mini baked treats are filled with pumpkin spice to contradict the sweetness of the ice cream. They’re so easy to make, so this recipe will be done in time to share with your friends in the pumpkin carving party!
5. Pumpkin Spice Latte
If you want to save yourself a trip to Starbucks, you can make your PSL at home! For this recipe, all you need is two tablespoons of pumpkin puree. You can also put these pureed pumpkin guts in the freezer, so you can take it out again if you want another round of this tasty treat. If you wish to infuse the latte even further, you can soak them in milk.
So grab a spiced pumpkin latte and take a look at what you can do with all your leftover pumpkin guts! These recipes will surely save you from the trouble of throwing away any leftover pumpkin from Halloween. Hire a professional house cleaning service to help you clean your home while you have some fun in the kitchen and for dinner during Thanksgiving.