Most people are used to preparing a pumpkin for Halloween in order to make a ‘Jack-O’Lantern’, but when it comes to preparing pumpkin for cooking many of us dread the chore of actually peeling the pumpkin and removing the unwanted pulp and seeds in order to access the flesh we need for our recipes. This guide shows step by step pictures of the easiest way I know to do this without losing either your fingers or your temper in the process.
How to Peel a Pumpkin
First of all you obviously need a pumpkin. One you have a suitable one chosen, wash it in cold water and pat dry with kitchen towels.
Using a large kitchen knife carefully saw around the ‘stalk’ until you have completely separated it from the rest of the pumpkin.
Lift out the ‘stalk’ that you have cut free of the main pumpkin.
Using the kitchen knife cut your pumpkin in half.
Using a spoon scoop out the seeds and pulp, (reserve seeds if you plan to toast them and discard the pulp).
Using the kitchen knife cut the pumpkin into segment approximately 2 inches wide at the widest point.
Using a smaller kitchen knife and starting at one end of each segment, carefully cut downwards between the flesh and peel. Work your way along the segment until you reach the halfway point.
Once you reach the half way point, turn over the segment and repeat the exercise until you meet the finished cut on the other send of the segment. At this point the skin is severed and can easily be removed.
Continue the process with each segment until the pumpkin is completed, then chop your pumpkin as required for your recipe.
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