10 Things to Know About Pumpkins

Put those pumpkins to work in the kitchen in no time with these tips. Because there is more to this squash than meets the eye.

Selecting a Cooking Pumpkin
Photo: Randy Mayor

Select and Prep Step 1

3. First, select a good one. Look for a deep, rich, uniform color—no green or light tan spot where it rested on the ground—and a healthy, stiff stem. Avoid any pumpkin with soft spots. Farmers' markets will usually yield the freshest options.

4. Then prep it. Keep clicking for cooking ideas.

Step 1: Place pumpkin on a steady surface, stem side up. Use a small knife to cut around the stem, about 2 inches out.

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