Did you know that I love my dehydrator? I mean really, truly love it?

We had a blast carving pumpkins at Hallow’een, but there was no way that I would let them go to waste. I mean, gnocchi, pumpkin cinnamon buns, pumpkin butter etc… How can I not make all of those?

However, pumpkin purée takes up so much space and I desperately need to unfrost my deep freezer. So I wondered… can I dehydrate it? Well… Of course I can!!!

cut the pumpkin in half and place it face down (or face up if it carved ;) ) in a pan and bake at 350 until tender… (you can also do the same with any other squash)

Pumpkins ready to be baked

 (Xavier’s Pumpkin grew a chin in the oven…)

baked pumpkins

The peel will be very easy to just peel off… so do that and place the purée on your dehydrator tray and follow your dehydrator’s instructions for veggies.

The peel come off easilySpread on dehydrator tray

I found that the easiest way it to first put it on a non stick paper on the tray first and then when it is half way done flip it onto the tray so that it can dry completely. You don’t really have to do it, but If you skip this step it will stick inside the little holes of the tray and it will be time consuming to clean up…

dehydrated pumpkin

Tear the dehydrated purée into pieces and place in the blender and process…

into the blender

 

What you get is a crushed dehydrated pumpkin…

See that jar? That is actually 5 pumpkins worth :)

  dehydrated pumpkin5 pumpkins

To rehydrate, use 1/4 cup of powder with 1 cup of boiling water. Let sit and cool before using in a recipe :)

and don’t forget to do those seeds too!

dehydrated pumpkin seeds