Earlier this week I posted a recipe for pumpkin risotto and I wanted to share how to peel and dice pumpkin. To be honest, this is something I googled before I got started on the recipe as the description in the recipe I modified was very vague. There were a couple of suggestions for baking the pumpkin first and doing a steam bath, etc. etc., but I found a pumpkin video on youtube that was much more simplified and was a much easier way to prep a pumpkin for cooking. Unfortunately, they make you watch a 30 second ad before you can watch the one minute video. So if you want to save some time, just scroll through my photos here and you’ll get the gist of it.
How To Peel And Dice Pumpkin
1 — Cut the pumpkin in half, starting at just beside the stem. This one was flat on the bottom, which held it pretty steady. If you have one that is more round, place it on a scrunched up towel to keep it from rolling.
2 — Next, scoop out the seeds with a spoon. You can save these for roasting later.
3 — Using a carrot peeler, peel the skin off the outside.
4 — Then, turn the pumpkins over, flat/cut side down and rounded side up, and slice lengthwise every half inch. Kind of looks like cantaloupe, doesn’t it?
5 — You can also use the carrot peeler to scrape off any extra stringy bits that the spoon left behind.
6 — Last, dice into half inch cubes. That’s it! That’s how you peel and dice a pumpkin. Now you can use this to make a puree or sauté it to use in pasta or other dishes like pumpkin risotto.