This year has been exceedingly difficult to get into the Halloween spirit and into pumpkin season which is so not me. I am a pumpkin spice fanatic and I love getting into holidays! I think its mostly because we are already getting snow and it does not seem like it is going away. It could be that as a business owner I am doing a lot of planning for my business and for Christmas.
This week I forced myself to get into the Halloween Spirit. I cranked up the music from the Nightmare Before Christmas, put out the decorations, got the kids costumes and finally did something with all my pumpkins!
We had lots of success with our pumpkins despite my worries at the beginning of the season. I planted a dozen seeds at the beginning of the season (10 pie pumpkins and 2 giants) only six seeds germinated and made it to the garden. Only 2 plants thrived once they were in the garden . . . and boy did they thrive!
Those two plants alone pretty much took over the garden. They climbed over the fence and pooled around the garden bed. We also had to encourage the vines to climb under the gate and out into the lawn so they would stop strangling the beans, spinach and carrots.
We pulled eleven pumpkins from the garden when the first frost hit. They were still quite green so I kept them on the deck (south facing) until they turned orange. We lots one pumpkin to rot and then I used the smallest one when I was decorating. That left me 9 pie pumpkins to process.
I love pumpkin pie and my main focus when growing pumpkins was to get puree for pies. However, one day I was watching Netflix with the kids and the character they were watching was eating pumpkin spread on toast. Come hell or high water, I needed pumpkin spread in my life!
I found this amazing recipe online and it looked so easy. I had to try it and of course I made a few modifications as I was working through it. The spread surpassed my expectations! It is so good! It is like eating pumpkin pie on toast! If I had known it was going to be these good I would have doubled the recipe.
I got 2 small jars and 6 mini jars out of the batch that I had made. I like having mini jars of anything so that I can give them away as gifts. My one nephew loves pumpkin pie as much as I do, I think he is really going to enjoy this spread.
3.3 pounds of pumpkin peeled & chopped in 2 cm cubes
8 tbsp orange juice (I used minutemaid)
1 tbsp ginger
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tbsp cinnamon
4 1/4 cups of sugar.
Place all ingredients in a large pot.
Bring to a boil. Stir frequently and boil for 30 - 40 minutes or until pumpkin is easy to squish with a wooden spoon.
In the meantime prepare jars and lids for canning process.
Once pumpkin is squishable, pour contents into a blender and puree until smooth. Quickly pour hot spread into hot jars and close immediately to seal.