I grew Pumpkins this year like always...
Up in Rush city I always sold out or only had a few to use for myself...They always got chopped up and grilled or roasted in the oven.and dehydrated for soups later
This year down in Stillwater I grew a boatload thinking I'd make some extra cash to build my food truck
DUMB ASS ME
You can't spit without hitting somebody selling Pumpkins...So I ended up with well over 1,000 pound sitting in the back of my truck...
I searched the old school cooking, srurvivalist, and off grid sites looking for ideas for all this Pumkin I had...Pumkins don't can well...and I'm short on freezer space...I don't eat sweets so 800# of Pumkin pie filling is out of the question
I happened to collaborate with a woman in alaska and came up with this
PUNKIN JERKY...or POCKET PUNKIN PIE
Here;s how it goes I have 2 kinds Honey and Maple
1st grow too damn many pumpkins
2nd Chop them into strips, peel and cut the guts out saving the seeds
dice them into 1/2" x 1-2" strips...
Blanch them in boiling water for 8-10 minutes
Scoop them out and let cool...IN A 55 GALLON DRUMJust kidding
Either run the chunks thru- your food processor...Takes forever and will burn out a lessor one...or...WAIT FOR IT
Whip out your Big ass Lem meat grinder and the 1/16" grinder plates you can't use for any thing else and start shoving the chunks in the hopper...Wheeeeeeeeee
5 gallon Bucket of blanched chunks in less than 5 minutes...A little more grainy than the processor but you can certainly dump it in the processor and creamy it up a bit
take 12 cups of Punkin goop
1 1/2 cups of honey or 1 1/4 cup of Maple syrup...Real stuff from the tree...not corn
1-2 tsp of plain old Pumpkin pie spice
spread out on sheets of parchment paper Don't laugh...I;m not kidding 1/2" thick or you will have paper thin flakes, not Jerky
Dehydrate at 160...anything less could be dangerous because Pumpkin has no acids of it's own...Thts one of the reasons it doesn't can well
I can pull after 8 hours I don't flip it, But feel free to flip as soon as it skins over
Walla...a tastee punkin pie you can put in your pocket