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What role does salt play in pumpkin pie?

Salt is fundamental to our sense of taste, leaving it out will definitely affect the flavor of a pie (or a cake, or a steak, or whatever) negatively. However, leaving it out shouldn't have affected ...
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What role does salt play in pumpkin pie?

tl;dr - Maybe salt was responsible for your texture problem, but it's iffy. Salt is usually thought of as a flavoring agent only, but salt does some serious jobs in the chemistry of cooking. It's ...
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Cooking meat inside pumpkin

It won't be dry unless you overcook it. The pumpkin flesh will give off steam and keep the meat moist. The meat will pick up some pumpkin taste from the pumpkin, but it won't brown. So you're trading ...
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What is a reasonable culinary substitute for cucurbita maxima or other pumpkins used in pie and bread?

Sweet potato is similar to pumpkin in pies (and some feel superior), and would probably work well in quick breads and muffins as well. Spices in these types of baked goods are generally predominant ...
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Can pumpkin pie be made apple pie way?

Not only is this possible, I have done it. One of my favorites, in fact. But the most palatable version I've made varies a little bit from apple pie - rather than just tossing cinnamon sugar with the ...
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"1 cup, drained" - does that mean measure before or after draining?

Drain them first. Your concerns are spot-on, and if you measured and then drained them, you would end up with less than 1 cup of yams. Generally, you can tell be cause the recipe called for 1 cup of ...
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Cooking meat inside pumpkin

IMO, if you start from raw ingredients, the pumpkin will be overcooked and start breaking apart before the meat gets cooked. There are recipes that start with raw ingredients but not really meat (...
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Is there any way to make jack-o-lantern pumpkins worth eating?

Admittedly our carving pumpkins in the UK are smaller than yours, which may affect the texture, but this year and last I made: three been and pumpkin chilli pumpkin tagine pumpkin spice cupcakes ...
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Can I use pumpkin for spaghetti squash?

You will not be able to follow a real spaghetti squashh recipe with pumpkin. If you try to gouge it with a fork, you will get grooved pumpkin. My suggestion would be to use a spiralizer. Cut the raw ...
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Can I use pumpkin for spaghetti squash?

No, pumpkin will not shred the way spaghetti squash does. That's pretty much distinctive to the spaghetti squash, and I don't know of any substitute. The flavor is generically squashy, so if you were ...
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Do you de-hull seeds when making pumpkin seed flour?

Whether or not "you" specifically choose to de-hull pumpkin seeds before grinding them to make flour, pumpkin seed shells are certainly edible, both raw and roasted. The first source you name ...
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Is there any way to make jack-o-lantern pumpkins worth eating?

In the US, Jack-o-lanterns are typically common field pumpkins and many of the larger and specialty ones are actually gourds. I cannot talk to some of the gourds, so if you are looking at some of the ...
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Is it safe to eat pumpkin seeds with peel?

We never peeled them growing up. We'd coat them in some oil, roast them in the oven (stirring occasionally), then season them when they came out.
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Can pumpkin pie be made apple pie way?

Many apple pie recipes bake for over an hour. That would be plenty of time to cook pumpkin.
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Emulsifying starchy vegetables

First, I would expect the Bon Appetit recipe to result in a greasy soup as written. It has both too much oil, and too much pasta water in it. The standard way to make a "creamy" pumpkin ...
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Pumpkin substitutes for lasagne

Foods which would have a similar texture to pumpkin, either chunked or pureed, are root vegetables such as carrots, parsnips, turnips, or rutabagas. (You will have to adjust the parboiling times to ...
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Pumpkin substitutes for lasagne

A straightforward replacement would be butternut squash, which can usually be going in either pieces or puree in the frozen section of a grocery store. (In my experience, it is much more common than ...
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Pumpkin substitutes for lasagne

(simple answer) I suggest finding a lasagna recipe without pumpkin in it. Lasagna is a simple recipe and easily adaptable. You can add and remove ingredients to your liking as long as you keep the ...
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Is there any way to make jack-o-lantern pumpkins worth eating?

In Mediterranean cuisine there is a dessert made with pumpkins. You cut the pumpkin into large cubes, add sugar to them and wait overnight. They will release some liquid, and the next day you can cook ...
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"1 cup, drained" - does that mean measure before or after draining?

I'd be interested to see the version of the pie you're making. I found a version on the America's Test Kitchen website that calls for candied yams in addition to the pumpkin and the recipe actually ...
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Substituting canned pumpkin for fresh pumpkin?

As André Soltner is basing his recipe from recollections of growing up in Alsace, it may be that it was not the garden pumpkin, as it's known and which resembles the large US variety most familiar as ...
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Can dry roasted squash be used effectively for gnocchi?

Some ideas: I like to do do pumpkin gnocchi. The dryer the pumpkin, the better, since you will need to add less flour and get a lighter result. It has a lovely sweet taste compared to potato gnocchi ...
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Pumpkin pie lacks aroma?

Pumpkin pie where I come from (USA) is made with these big round orange squashes (we call them "pumpkins", but I believe that term is used for different things in some other countries). Unlike ...
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Sombra Pumpkin: Is it known by other names?

Most winter squash is fairly interchangeable when cooking. Obviously, there are differences in them (sweetness, density, size, flesh color), but if you're cutting it up and roasting it, then it's ...
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What is a reasonable culinary substitute for cucurbita maxima or other pumpkins used in pie and bread?

It depends why you are substituting. Many other winter squashes (butternut, acorn, delicata) will probably do, if it's an issue of availability in your area.
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Changing a vegan cookie recipe?

There are a couple of things in that recipe that appear to be used as an egg replacement: Pumpkin puree - usual rule (as far as I'm aware) is to use 1/4 cup per egg. This is particularly good for ...
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Is there any way to make jack-o-lantern pumpkins worth eating?

In India, people use these huge pumpkins to make lentil stews. It goes a long way and is very delicious and nutritious. The bland taste of pumpkin is masked by the fresh seasonings and spices. The ...
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Sombra Pumpkin: Is it known by other names?

I bought this exact one at Lidl - very pleasant texture when baked (not at all like spaghetti squash and I am not sure how this would be called "flaky"). Not much fibre, taste sweet and ...
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Butternut, spaghetti, or acorn squash, which is the best substitute for pumpkin in pumpkin pie?

The pumpkin that constitutes the majority of canned pumpkin purée is the Dickinson pumpkin. However, it’s not a staple in supermarkets during the year and unless you got your hands on it on a farmers ...
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Can't stomach pumpkin flavor. How can I make it edible?

The pumpkins I grow only go mushy if cooked in water or microwaved , so I suggest cooking them without water, but with oil. Diced fairly small and fried in hot oil with spices is a good way to start a ...
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