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Can you freeze fresh pumpkin?

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Fresh pumpkins freeze well if selected and prepared properly. A pumpkin that is ripe but not mushy or dry is best for freezing. After the seeds have been removed, it must be cut up and cooked prior to freezing.

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Pumpkin must be cooked until soft. Several methods provide satisfactory results. Pumpkin pieces can be boiled in a large pot of water or prepared in a pressure cooker. Roasting the pumpkin in the oven works just as well. After the pieces have cooled, placing them into containers, not bags, helps them hold their shapes. A little space must be left open at the top. Containers are not filled completely.

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