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Old 08-16-2016, 03:39 PM
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They were drying for about 2 weeks I suppose, not more than that though. Are you supposed to cure them? What is the benefit? Enquiring minds need to know :chemstudy:
You are indeed supposed to cure them. It dries out the wrappers so that you can store the heads for months without spoilage. That's how you get to use your fresh heads of garlic well into the winter.

Those pumpkins already look fairy tale ready. :thumbup:
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They were drying for about 2 weeks I suppose, not more than that though. Are you supposed to cure them? What is the benefit? Enquiring minds need to know :chemstudy:
You are indeed supposed to cure them. It dries out the wrappers so that you can store the heads for months without spoilage. That's how you get to use your fresh heads of garlic well into the winter.
Ahhh, so the curing is just to be able to store as bulbs then. I thought maybe it had an impact on flavour. We aren't storing any that way, mostly because we don't really have any cool, dry places to keep them. We need a garage really or a basement, either would be nice.

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Those pumpkins already look fairy tale ready. :thumbup:
We were watching youtube videos today on how to tell when they're done :) Even the orange ones are probably a ways off yet. I'm soooooo looking forward to some :pie:
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The pumpkins are in! :pumpkin: :slide: :pumpkin:

I took a pic with and without flash, the first one is a better representation of the true colour, but you can see the chicken checking out the pumpkin (and Alice wanting to come inside) better in the second one.

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They are called Rouge Vif d'Etampes pumpkins and except the one in front they all have a lovely deep red-orange colour. Sou accidentally cut the vine off three of them a little early, which is why one is more a classic orange pumpkin colour. It's time to start making some cheesecake and pie!
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Pumpkin cheesecake is on the way....

So we cut up one of the biggest pumpkins first. Some things that were different from normal jack-o-lantern pumpkins: 1) the walls were thicker 2) there was therefore less pulp and seeds 3) it smelled of watermelon! :watermelon: That was pretty cool.

Here is a picture of the chopped up pumpkin with a dessert spoon for size
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And here is 3/4 of that badboy steaming away in our two large steamers. Couldn't fit the whole thing in there!
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It's all done now and cooling before I scrape out the pulp. Hoping to get a cheesecake done by bedtime so it's ready for tomorrow :piewedge:

Finally, we have a twisted hazel nut tree out front that Sou bought about 3 years ago. Today we harvested all the nuts:
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So yeah, we have eaten a shit load of pumpkin stuff in the last 10 days :lol:

This is what we made, all from that ONE pumpkin :nowai:

1 pumpkin cheesecake - awesome, like super awesome - got the recipe from home and it is top notch

2 pumpkin pies - fantastic! I use the same recipe every year now

2 loaves of 'pumpkin guts' bread* - holy shit people, this was super fucking awesome. It was moist like the wickedest banana bread and just as tasty. YOU HAVE TO TRY THIS. Pumkin Gut Bread

1 batch of pumpkin white pasta sauce - this wasn't great really, neither Sou or I liked it much and we won't be making it again (thus no link because we didn't save it)

1 batch of tuscan pumpkin pasta sauce - we liked this one much better, it was okish while trying it from the pan, but once mixed with the spagetti and some Parmesan cheese it was actually really nice and we're saving this one. Tuscan Pummpkin Pasta Sauce

1 batch of pumpkin pancakes - they were decent, very, very thick batter that meant you could make a nice thick pancake, but honestly they weren't any better than normal pancakes really. Good way to use up some extra pumpkin puree, but probably not really worth going out of your way to make. Pumpkin Pancakes

And finally, one of the best for last: 1 batch of pumpkin hummus - really, really amazing. I sort of :heart: hummus and this was great. We both loved, loved, loved it. Total keeper. Pumpkin Hummus (we did not add the cinnamon)

Oh and we roasted the seeds with some sour cream and onion flavouring - yummy, Sou finds them a little chewy, but I love them.

Sou says any suggestions for something to make with the next pumpkin would be very welcome (I keep saying all cheesecake and hummus :D). She already has her eye on something called "no-knead pumpkin rolls with brown sugar glaze".

*So we can now use all of the pumpkin except the skin. Puree, guts and seeds :yes!:
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