6 Easy Uses for Pumpkin Guts

Guts, innards, pulp, we've got a use for every name.

November  1, 2014


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If you ask me, it's never too early to start thinking about pumpkins: how to roast and puree the flesh for your go-to recipes for cakes, pies, even ice cream; how to roast the seeds for snacking; and our favorite savory pumpkin dinners

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However, in our endless quest for ways in which to make a pumpkin disappear, we often forgot to talk about one part: its goopy, orange innards. Once we’re done carving pumpkins with the kids and roasting the seeds for an anytime snack, we’re pretty stuck on what to do with the stringy pulp we’ve scraped out. 

Until now that is. In our efforts to tackle pumpkin guts, we’ve found a bunch of creative ideas, including a couple of nifty solutions from our readers via our Hotline.

Stockpile It For Broth

Food52 writer and recipe developer Emma suggests adding a bag of pulp to a stock pile in the fridge or freezer with other vegetable scraps like onion peels and celery butts. Turns out pumpkin guts are deep and flavorful and can also be used in any recipe that calls for chicken or vegetable broth. Sauté the pulp with diced onions and other vegetable scraps, then add water and let the mixture simmer for 30 to 60 minutes before straining.

Or like Susan you could try puréeing the pulp to add to rice or risotto for added flavor.

More: Our Go-To Broth Basically Makes Itself 

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Turn It Into Chutney



Try this fourth-generation South Indian chutney recipe that makes great use of the guts. The [author](https://www.panfusine.com) also suggests sautéing pumpkin pulp with oil and puréeing with canned chickpeas to make a unique riff on hummus.



Use It To Power Up Breakfast

Reader Jaime likes to purée the pulp with a little water before adding it to her morning oatmeal, along with warm spices and chopped apple.

More: 20 Topping Ideas for Even More Delicious Oatmeal

Juice It

Any Harry Potter fans here? Add apple cider, pear juice and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon to pumpkin juice for a Fall-perfect version of the boy wizard’s favorite drink.

When you're making a juice from pumpkin, you'll might want to follow these steps. Place the pulpy bits in a bowl and pour boiling water over them to help soften. Using a fork, mash it all up, and strain to get a bright orange juice that you can add to other juices and smoothies.

Photo by Ty MechamMake A Face Mask

Those "gross" guts? Turns out they are packed with vitamins, zinc, and antioxidants that will leave your skin glowing. And who doesn't love simple, effective skincare made from stuff that's lying around the kitchen

If all else fails, instead of tossing it out, use it as compost—or grind it up and add it to your dog's food. You can also, like Berry Baby suggests, try leaving it out for the birds. 


Do you have tasty uses for pumpkin guts? Tell us in the comments below.


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Sam E. November 2, 2014
I actually just made pumpkin coconut macaroons and drizzed some salted caramel chocolate hazelnut over those babies! Delish!!!
ika November 1, 2014
steph November 1, 2014
You can also use the guts to make bread! :)