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How to Use Every Bit of Your Pumpkin

A good way to get your money’s worth in addition to being earth-friendly and reducing your food waste is to use as much of your food as possible. When we buy a pumpkin with the intent to carve it for a spooky jack-o-lantern we don’t always have a use for all the other parts. Here are some ways you can utilize all of your pumpkin:

  1. Carve the pumpkin for your family-fun jack-o-lantern! While carving, harvest all of the innards and seeds and store in your refrigerator until further use as soon as you can.
  2. Toast the pumpkin seeds as a snack!
  3. Use the pumpkin guts for a pie. Pumpkin is rich in fiber and protein for feeling full longer, and beta-carotene and potassium that help your muscles and eyes work their best.

Pumpkin pie:


  • 2 cups mashed, cooked pumpkin
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • ½ t. ground cinnamon
  • ½ t. ground ginger
  • ½ t. ground nutmeg
  • ½ t. salt
  • Pre-made pie crust OR homemade


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F
  • Prepare pie crust or simply place into pie pan
  • In large bowl, beat pumpkin with evaporated milk, eggs, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt with an electric mixer or immersion blender.
  • Pour into prepared crust
  • Bake 40 minutes or until a knife is inserted 1 inch from the edge comes out clean.

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Ellen Miller
Dietetic Intern at Cherry Street health Center