Monday, October 12, 2009

pie pumpkins

I sent out my letter requests this year to Libby's and to another company called Stahlbush Island farms to see about confirming the legalty of their pumpkin products. I'll keep you posted when I hear anything, but don't hold your breath with Libby's.

Two years ago, Libby's refused to provide me with a letter that said that their 100 percent canned pumpkin only contained pumpkin and nothing else.

Nice, huh?

Anyway, I cooked my first pie pumpkin the other day. I decided to try cooking it whole. It worked GREAT! It wasn't too wet either, which can happen when you cook a cut pumpkin.

I pricked the skin all over with a fork and cooked it at 400 degrees for about 2 hours, in an 8 inch pyrex pan lined with foil, just in case it leaked.

Sorry I don't have a photo. You'll have to use the magic of your imagination! Ahem. :)

The pumpkin was lightly browned all over, and was very soft and easy to pull apart with just a fork.

I know you may be tempted to cook the seeds separately after it's done baking. Seeds are legal on SCD in small amounts, but be careful.


Unknown said...

I cut pumpkins up into reasonable size chunks, remove the seeds, and put the chunks in my steamer basket inside a large pot and cook it till it's done, which doesn't take too long. Then I just run the cooked pumpkin through my food mill to remove the skin and any excess fiber.

We bake the seeds at 350 for half an hour or so, sprinkle with seasoned salt and let them cool.

Used to be that pie pumpkins were not readily available, so I'd use regular Halloween pumpkins. It worked OK, but the pie pumpkins are definitely better.

christin b said...

Thanks for the pumpkin post..
Speaking of writing companies..
Have you ever posted or will you post everything store bought you know to be legal? Does that make sense? Like everytime you wrote a company and got a positive response..Anything premade I would love love to know, THANKS!!
From juice to marinara sauce :)

Unknown said...


I'm afraid the list of store bought legal foods is so short, it's not really worth publishing.

Welch's 100 percent grape juice, the Knudsen's Just Juice line, and Campbell's tomato juice are the only confirmed legal juices.

I received a letter from The Spice House verifying their onion and garlic is legal. Penzey's also has legal onion and garlic.

I also received a letter from Tree Top applesauce. Their unsweetened applesauce is legal but advanced (stage 4).

The Spice House and Tree Top letters are the ONLY successful letter I've received.

It's fairly easy to find legal almond butter, legal bacon (check low sodium varieties; they usually do not have sugar) and legal frozen veggies if you read the labels.

Like I said, it's a short list. :)

The other problem with posting a list is that it's dated. I'd rather just answer questions as they come, rather than have people refer to an old list. Recipes and companies change over time.

But I will think about it. :)


Comfy Tummy said...

Thanks for the great info. I was looking at some pumpkins in the store yesterday but was hesitant to buy one. Thought it would be too much of a hassle, but you make it sound really easy.

Unknown said...

I hope you enjoy! It's really kind of fun to experiment and see what works out. I'd already been cooking butternut squash that way, since the arthritis in my hands makes it really hard to cut stuff up.


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