Cooking Tips

I Have Leftover Pumpkin Puree. Now What? 

Not all pumpkin recipes use the whole can of pumpkin puree. Here’s how to use it up. 

Published Oct. 31, 2022.

It’s pumpkin puree season. Bring on the loaves, muffins, and pies.

Sadly, we don’t always use the whole can. We scoop out a few spoonfuls. Then into the fridge it goes, unused and probably pouting. Poor thing.

Which begs the question: What can you do with leftover pumpkin puree?

These recipes and ideas are sure to use up the rest of it.

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If you want to keep baking. . .

  1. Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies (1 cup puree)
  2. Pumpkin-Chocolate Snack Cake (1 cup puree)
  3. Pumpkin Swirl Brownies (¾ cup puree)

If you want to keep it savory. . .

  1. Pumpkin Turkey Chili (1 cup puree)
  2. Cheese Ravioli with Pumpkin Cream Sauce (½ cup puree)

If you only have a little bit left. . .

  1. Make pumpkin syrup for lattes or margaritas
  2. Spoon into Greek yogurt, oatmeal, or hummus! 
  3. DIY compound butter
  4. Add into curries and stews
  5. Whisk into maple syrup for a tasty pancake topping
  6. Stir into mashed potatoes

And if you just can’t decide. . . 

Go ahead and freeze it. Pumpkin puree can be frozen in an airtight container with parchment pressed on its surface. It will last up to two months.

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