Not sure what to do with leftover pumpkin puree? Here are a variety of delicious and healthy pumpkin puree recipes that are great for enjoying year-round, whether you're craving something sweet or savory. They're perfect for the fall and holiday season or any time of the day.
Leftover Pumpkin Puree (Canned or Homemade)
While pumpkin recipes are all the rage during the fall season, I enjoy them year round thanks to one of my favorite pantry staples, canned pumpkin puree. It's such an easy way to add flavor and nutrition without much effort!
It's also a great substitute for oil and butter in baked goods and helps make them moist.
Canned pumpkin puree is widely available here in the United States, but if it's not easily accessible where you live, then here's how to make homemade pumpkin puree. It requires more effort, but the process is very simple, so have no fear!
You may have noticed that many recipes that call for canned pumpkin don't require a full can. So what are you supposed to do with the leftovers?
I am here to share storage tips as well as plenty of recipes to help you use it all up!
How to Store Pumpkin Puree
You will first need to scoop it out of the can and transfer into a jar or container. Store in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.
You can also freeze for up to 6 months. I personally like to freeze in ¼-1/2 cup portions using this freezer tray. Simply thaw in the refrigerator overnight.
Note: When baking with leftover pumpkin puree, it is best to take it out of the refrigerator and bring to room temperature along with other cold ingredients, like eggs, milk, etc.
Favorite Pumpkin Puree Recipes
Here's a collection of EASY, healthy pumpkin recipes ideal for sharing with babies and kids. This assortment features a range of sauces, dips, baked goods, and one-pot meals that are perfect for the entire family.
Leftover pumpkin is such a fantastic, healthy ingredient for quick and easy make-ahead breakfasts. These are perfect for busy mornings when you want something tasty and satisfying without the hassle.
Baked Goods with Canned Pumpkin
Made with wholesome ingredients and packed with warm and cozy flavors, all of these treats are convenient on-the-go breakfast or snack. Plus, they freeze really well, making them a convenient and kid-friendly option for busy school days.
Pumpkin Dinner Recipes
Pumpkin puree isn't just for sweet recipes! Adding it to savory dishes can add depth, creaminess, and a touch of earthy goodness to your recipes. It's also a great way to boost the veggie content of your family's meals!
Frequently Asked Questions
Real pumpkin puree is cooked and pureed pumpkin without any added sugar or spices. The only ingredient you should see is pumpkin.
Pumpkin pie filling contains added sugar and spices.
If you'd like to incorporate more variety, you can easily swap pumpkin with butternut squash puree or sweet potato puree.