Pumpkins

Pumpkins are a type of squash that contains seeds and pulp. In addition to being a prominent ingredient in soups, pies and baked goods, pumpkins are always a popular fall decoration for harvest and Halloween.

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Pumpkins

Is a pumpkin a fruit or vegtable?

Vegtable

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How many pumpkins will one plant produce?

about 2

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Care of Rabbits
Rabbits and Hares
Pumpkins

Are pumpkin seeds poisonous for bunnies?

First answer: No. Rabbits are perfectly safe eating pumpkin seeds.

More information: Pet rabbits shouldn't really be eating seeds. Seeds are high in natural fat and protein, which aren't good for rabbits. A nice treat for a rabbit is a bite or two of fresh fruit, like banana or strawberry or apple. A healthy pet rabbit diet is lots and lots of grass hay, some pellets and some fresh dark leafy greens daily (like basil and green leaf lettuce). See the related questions below for more info and links.

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Pies
Pumpkins

What could have caused a pumpkin pie to turn green when it was baked?

  • Perhaps cooking it in a copper pie pan.
  • Odd chemical reactions can be caused by additives in milk, baking powder, and cleaning products, as well as the metal in pans or baking dishes.
  • Leavening. If you used a lot of baking powder (sodium bicarbonate/sodium aluminum phosphate) in your crust, the pH of your filling can react with the leaving to turn it green. In the commercial food industry, companies that offer uncooked filled pastries (especially blue berry and cherry fillings) that use chemical leavening (Baking Powder) will use a fat or protein encapsulated leavening to stop the leaving action until ready to cook. Swanson Cobblers for instance.
  • A younger sibling could have put some green food coloring in the batter.
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Pumpkins

What makes a pumpkin pie develop a crack down the middle while cooling when it looked great coming out of the oven?

the temperature drops causing a drying effect which cracks the top . try a spray bottle of water to use . spray a fine mist of water on the top after you get it out of the over and spray it again after five minutes and again after ten minutes. don't spray too much , if you spray it till the water forms drops , or starts rolling, that's too much. just fine water mist. that should help. if the pie cools too fast that can cause the cracking or movement.

  • it doesn't crack because it dried out. It cracks because it swells in the oven and then shrinks when it cools. If it cools too fast it will shrink too fast leaving a crack down the middle. This can also happen if you over-bake. Don't cool the pie in a cold or drafy room and remove the pie just before the center is done, the residual heat in the pie will finish the baking. You could cover with a towel after taking the pie from the oven until the pie is closer to room temp if you find your pies continue to crack.

cooling it to fast or over mixing it

over cooking is a common cause of cracking in pies and cheesecakes that are pudding like. do not over cook as it will continue to cook after taking out of oven. what looks to be not cooked most times is done. The center should still be wiggly.

Don't stress about it. It's only a pie. Cut it into wedges and serve with lots of fresh, unflavoured cream, and nobody will ever know the difference.

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cooling too fast, spraying with water, overmixing...are all wrong. the is simple. it is a baked custard that got overcooked. sure, you can cover that up by cooling it gently or wetting it (gross), but it will still have a bad consistency at the end...more like scrambled eggs than a smooth custard. i'd say to cut 15 minutes off your cooking time, or do the "custard test"...stab it with a knife in the center and quickly remove it. then touch the knife to your lip. it should be very hot on your lip, and the hole from it should vanish when you remove the knife. if the hole remains, it is overcooked. it the knife doesn't strike you as very hot, it isn't ready yet. after a few tries, this method will allow you to cook any sort of baked custard perfectly, every time.

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Gluten
Pumpkins

Is canned pumpkin gluten free?

Check the ingredients. If the ingredients include pumpkin only, then it is definitely gluten free. If it lists natural flavors, be suspicious and check the company's website. If, for some reason, it contains wheat or barley, it definitely has gluten.

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Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
Pumpkins

Can you freeze pumpkin?

I have a neighbor who did it, it turned out ok, wasn't the best tasting though.

Pumpkin freezes best if cooked. Either cook the chunks first, or cook and puree, before freezing, depending on how you plan to use it.

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Herbs Spices and Seasonings
Pumpkins

Can you substitute pumpkin pie spice for all spice?

Yes. Pumpkin pie spice actually contains allspice, along with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

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Cooking Measurements
Volume
Pumpkins

How many cups of pumpkin does a 15oz can contain?

About 2 cups.

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Pumpkins

When the frost is on the pumpkin its time for dinky dunkin?

Something to do with sex.

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Pumpkins

What is the average price of pumpkin in 2011?

In 2011, it was about $5.00 for an average sized pumpkin. There are many variations in size and weight so the cost will also vary a lot.

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Pumpkins

How much does the world's largest pumpkin weigh?

Plump Pumpkin
In 2009, Christy Harp, of Jackson Township just outside Canton, Ohio grew a 1,725-pound pumpkin that is believed to be the world's largest ever recorded. She took first place at the Ohio Valley Giant Pumpkin Growers annual weigh-off. She won $2,500 and could claim the world title.

Contest organizers say the entry topped the 1,689-pound record-holder grown in 2007 by Joe Jutras of North Scituate, R.I.

It was believed to be 428kg is what i know :)
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Halloween
Pumpkins

What do skeletons represent on Halloween?

Skeletons are the remains of dead people and because Halloween is a 'spooky' holiday, skeletons are quite fitting.

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Recipes
Farm Crops
Pies
Pumpkins

What ingredients are in a pumpkin pie?

One recipe I found had the following ingredients.

2 cups pumpkin puree 1 cup heavy cream 1/2 cup milk 4 eggs 3/4 to 1 cup granulated sugar, according to taste 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander seed 1/2 cup finely chopped crystallized ginger

This does not include the crust witch would have several more ingredients. There are many ways of making pumpkin pie with various different ingredients.

Ingredients:

175 g (6ozs.) Short pastry roll out and line a 230mm (9inch) pie dish

1 cup cooked mashed pumpkin

2 eggs

half a cup of brown sugar

half a teaspoon of salt

half a teaspoon of cinnamon

half a teaspoon mixed spice

quarter teaspoon nutmeg

3 quarters of a cup of milk

Directions:

Mix or beat filling ingredients thoroughly adding milk

last. Pour into pastry shell and bake 20 mins at 220

degrees celsius (425 degrees F) Then about 30 mins at 180 degrees C (350 degrees F) till filling is set.

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Food Spoilage
Pies
Pumpkins

Can you refrigerate a pumpkin pie?

Not only is it possible to refrigerate a pumpkin pie, it is recommended to extend it's shelf life. Bacteria and mold will grow rapidly if left at room temperature.

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Storage of Fruits and Vegetables
Pumpkins

Can you freeze a whole pumpkin?

Well, you could if your freezer is big enough, but pumpkin tends to be mushy when thawed.

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Pumpkins

Do pumpkins turn green after Halloween?

Sometimes, if you leave it out too long or if it rots, it might. It could also grow green fungus on it.

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Broccoli

Do you think that pumpkin is a fruit and broccoli?

No.why would a man put fruit in his food gravy and chips

Pumpkin is a fruit Broccoli is a vegetable.

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Science
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Pumpkins

Why are pumpkins only orange?

Pumpkins come in orange, white, red, shades of green, and tan. Orange ones are the most common, though.

They are not only orange, are white.

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Pumpkins

How big can a pumpkin get?

Answer

I've seen them over 2800 pounds at the Ipswich show a pumpkin can get bigger than 30 inches.

It was so incredible, just amazing, the biggest pumpkin ever possible i think!

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Why do pumpkin seeds sprout inside the pumpkin?

It grows inside the pumpkin so if a animal needs to get the seeds it is harder because it needs to get through the outer layer and the skin to get the seeds.

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Botany or Plant Biology
Pumpkins

Is pumpkin a herb shrub or a tree?

A pumkin is a herb

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Pumpkins

Can you eat the pumpkin that you have used to make your Jack-o'-lantern?

Answer

Yes! You need to cook it though. You could use it in a curry or a soup too. I always toast the seeds and sprinkle them in salad.


The "meat" can also be used in pumpkin bread, cookies, cakes.
I don't think that's sucha good idea, the pumpkin has been sitting out all day and accumulates bacteria and germs. It's best to use a fresh pumpkin and throw out the one ou used for the jack o lantern.
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Food Spoilage
Soups and Stews
Pumpkins

Can you freeze pumpkin soup?

Answer:Yes you can. Bring down the core temperature of the soup first. Then freeze it.
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Pumpkins

Do smaller pumpkins have more seeds than bigger pumpkins?

Bigger pumpkins have up to 50 seeds while a small pumpkin has up to about 25 seeds.

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