Monday, September 26, 2011

Pumpkin Time!!!

Pumpkin rocks and I'm not just talking pumpkin pie!

The easiest and cheapest way to get your hands on pumpkin is with Libby's canned 100% Pure Pumpkin.  It's already cooked, contains no salt, no sugar, no flavorings or preservatives, just plain pumpkin, people!  Keep in mind that you want the 15oz. can of Pure Pumpkin, not the larger can of Pumpkin Pie Mix.

Why eat pumpkin?

For one, it's delicious - why would you ask such a question?  Ok, ok, here's more reasons: it's high in fiber, full of nutrients: potassium, calcium, Vitamin A, C and E, beta-carotene and anti-oxidants, among other things.  Pumpkin has no fat, no cholesterol and is very low in sodium and sugar.  It's also low in calories (you darn, calorie counters!) - 1/2 cup is only 40 calories.  Oh yeah, it's a Fall staple!

What to do with pumpkin?

The Great Mystery...

I don't fully understand what's going on, but I can only get my hands on the plain canned pumpkin starting in the fall and throughout the holidays. After that, the shelves are barren - only the canned pumpkin pie mix remains.

A few years ago, the pumpkin harvests were hit hard by bad weather and that was the reason for the MIA pumpkin, but one would think the industry would have bounced back by now.

The point is, stock up!  Buy in bulk to get you through the year until next fall.

Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!
The Hoff


  1. Pumpkins are reportedly in short supply this year as well due to the wet weather. If you are hardcore and make your pumpkin puree from scratch, and if you can find pie pumpkins locally yet, buy now and process them, don't wait too long.

  2. And if you're a cat's parent, and the fur darling has digestive issues or diarrhea, a little bit of pumpkin puree is helpful. And cats actually seem to like it!

  3. Thanks Suzy, I am definitely going to keep that cat tip in my back pocket!