Select. Select a pumpkin that is bright colored, firm, and unblemished.
Amount. How much pumpkin do you need? Remember that three pounds raw pumpkin will make 3 cups cooked, mashed pumpkin.
Store. Once you get the pumpkin home, keep it in a cool, dry place away from frost danger until you are ready to use it. Pumpkins should be used within 1 month of harvest.
Prepare. When you are ready to cook, use a large knife to halve or quarter the pumpkin then scoop out the seeds and stringy portion. Then cut the halves or quarters into smaller pieces.
Cook. Cook pumpkin, covered in saucepan over medium heat, in 1 inch of boiling salted water. Heat the cut-up pumpkin to boiling. Reduce the heat to low; cover and simmer 25 to 30 minutes or until tender. Drain; cool slightly; remove peel, and mash.
Flavor partners. You can season pumpkin with allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, or nutmeg.
Just as described, pumpkin is delicious served as a hot vegetable.