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One large Cinderella Carriage Pumpkin or 2 pie pumpkins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Using a large, sharp chef’s knife, cut the pumpkin into quarters or four even slices.
Scoop out the seeds and discard. Or, if you’re ambitious, save them and roast them off later.
Line 2 large rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper and place pumpkin cut side down. No oiling or seasoning required.
Bake for approximately one hour, or until fork tender, like a very soft baked potato. If you only have a small oven, you may need to do this in stages but you can stack the sheets on multiple racks.
Remove from oven and let sit until cool until to handle.
Remove soft flesh with a spoon into a large bowl, and mash with a potato masher. The flesh is not stringy at all and mashes to a smooth texture with very little effort.
Tip the bowl and drain off any accumulated juices.
Place 1 ¾ cup pumpkin puree (about 15 ounces, which is how much is in a purchased can) into individual freezer zip-lock bags, lay flat and push out as much air as possible. Label and place into freezer.
One average sized Cinderella pumpkin yields about eight 15 ounce bags of pumpkin puree. Toss it in the freezer, and you’re set for your fall baking this year! Just bring out a bag when your recipe calls for a tin of pumpkin puree.