It's that time of year when the canned pumpkin hits the shelves. Do yourself a favor and follow the sales. When you can get it for around $1 a can, stock up! I have found Aldi carries it for around $1 regular price, but it is only available seasonally.
6 Things To Do With Canned Pumpkin:
- Cake - Just grab a box of cake mix and add a can of pumpkin. Mix and bake as usual. Some people like to add a little water to lighten the consistency. You can experiment with this but it is not needed. You can do this with chocolate and no trace of pumpkin is detectable. My husband who will NOT eat pumpkin flavored food will eat a devils food cake mix made with a can of pumpkin. Spice Cake is also a great option, and more of the pumpkin flavor will come through.
- Pumpkin Bread - You need to try this pumpkin bread. It's so good!
- Replace oil in some recipes - In my favorite pumpkin bread recipe, I have subbed extra pumpkin for the oil 1:1. It changes the consistency, but it's great. I've had other people try it and it passes the test! I haven't tried this in other recipes, but I bet in most quick breads it would work. I might have to try pumpkin banana bread, replacing the oil with pumpkin. I wonder if the pumpkin flavor would be masked by the banana? My husband would be a good judge on this.
- Dog Treats - I haven't tried this one yet but I definitely plan to. You can make dog treats using pumpkin and a few kitchen staples. Here is a link one one recipe. And here's another.
- Pumpkin Pie - This is the "duh" one on the list. But really. This is the best pumpkin pie I have ever had. My mom found the recipe many years ago when she was making a pie for Thanksgiving. She didn't have the sweetened condensed milk that many recipes call for. So she went on the hunt to find something using regular milk. Now this is before the internet, so I'm not sure how long the hunt took, but she found a treasure. Here's a link to the recipe
- Pumpkin Butter - I came across this recipe during my 30 Days 30 Recipes Challenge. It was from a Weight Watchers list, but I'm telling you it does not taste diet-y in the least! Give it a try and I'm sure if you like pumpkin, you'll like this butter.
Everything on this list that canned pumpkin is used for, you can also sub your own cooked pumpkin. Canned pumpkin is just so easy and if you get it on sale, relatively cheap.
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