[Homestead] Pumpkins - how to put up?

Celia Morgan paxamicus at earthlink.net
Fri Nov 18 10:50:23 EST 2011


We threw them in the compost one year, and the following year harvested about twenty of the things that we only discovered after the leaves died back. Let nature keep them for you. ;~}

Cheers,

Celia

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On Nov 18, 2011, at 10:00 AM, Lisa Kae Van Meter Perry <lisakvperry at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 18, 2011 at 5:20 AM, Don Bowen <don.bowen at earthlink.net> wrote:
> 
>> On 11/17/2011 7:20 PM, Robert Walton wrote:
>>>> Been reading and watching since 1995.>>>
>>> I think, me, too. 1995 or 96,
>> 
>> I have been on this list since Andy started it in the early 90.  It has
>> waxed and waned over the years but until recently there was always at
>> least a little activity.  Hate to see it die.
>> 
> 
> So... let's bring it back little by little.
> 
> The last several mornings we've been enjoying watching our chickens eat
> pumpkins that
> we grew for decoration. Had them on our porch and the chickens took a
> liking to them
> almost right away so we moved them into the yard/field where they turned
> into 'food.'
> 
> We harvested several long pie pumpkins--a new variety to me--and they're
> nearly ripe and
> ready to put up. Have read that most people do not put up pumpkin in
> canning jars
> (not even to pressure can) but our freezer space is fairly limited (even if
> I stack flat in
> pint or quart bags). I don't want to waste the pumpkins if I decide to
> pressure can and then
> the seal fails. We love pumpkin--made a great pumpkin soup w/ coconut milk,
> onions & black
> beans several days ago--but also pumpkin bread, muffins & pancakes.
> 
> How do you guys keep/store pumpkins or what's been your experience? Thanks!
> 
> Lisa Perry
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