‘Canned’ Pumpkin

Canned pumpkin is vital during the holidays back in the U.S.A.  It is hard to find and expensive in Korea.  So, I decided to make my own using pre-peeled and sliced pumpkin/squash from Costco.  One 900 g container will yield about 3 (15 oz) cans of mashed pumpkin ready for use in my Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Bread or anything calling for canned pumpkin!

‘Canned Pumpkin’

Servings: yields about 4 1/2 cups of mashed pumpkin


– 1 (900 g) container of pre-peeled and sliced pumpkin or orange squash


1) Chop the slices into smaller pieces so they are easier to mash post steam.

2) Put the pumpkin in a steamer basket over boiling water (be sure the water does not actually touch the squash).  Steam for about 8-10 minutes or until the squash can easily me mashed with a fork.

3) Mash the squash, so there are no large chunks.

4) Let the pumpkin cool and then divide  into individual plastic bags.  Put 1 1/2 cups of the mashed pumpkin into each bag (1 bag equals 1 (14-15 oz) can of pumpkin).

5) Freeze until you need to use it.  Thaw and use like canned pumpkin.

You can find the pre-peeled and sliced squash at Costco, and in smaller quantities at Home Plus.

Nutrition Information

For 1 can, about 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin: 125 Calories, 0.3 g Fat, 0 g Saturated Fat, 0 mg Cholesterol, 11 mg Sodium, 32.3 g Carbohydrates, 9.6 g Fiber, 0 g Sugars, 2.5 g Protein.


5 thoughts on “‘Canned’ Pumpkin

  1. Hello, I’m Afifah from Indonesia. What a great helpful tips. We consume fresh pumpkin here in Indonesia, as no canned one here. But when it comes to pumpkin, I always step back and thinking cause i will never be able to finish that large thing on my own. How long will it stays fresh in the freezer by the way?? Thanks again for sharing.

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