Cook the vegetables on the stove, in a slow cooker, double boiler or microwave.
Cooked pumpkin is a great addition to salads and other dishes. To cook it is not difficult.
How to choose a pumpkin
First and foremost, pay attention to appearance. The surface is a good vegetable to a smooth, even and tight, no dents, soft spots, signs of rot, dark spots and other exterior damage.
The stalk should be dried up or dry. If it is cut, from buying better to abstain, since the fruit may be unripe. When tapped on the vegetable heard a dull sound.
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It is believed that the large vegetables are more fibrous pulp, so it is better to take a small or medium-sized fruit. Note, however, that in the form of a cut pumpkin will be kept a few days. If to remove her in the freezer, it remains tasty for up to 10 months.
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How to prepare a pumpkin
To start, rinse the pumpkin and cut into halves or quarters if it is large. With the help of a spoon remove from the middle of the seeds and fibrous pulp, which covers them. After clean the fruit from the hard rind. For this it is best to use a sharp knife.
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Peeled vegetables cut into approximately equal pieces. Remember: the bigger they are, the more time it will take to cook.
If using frozen pumpkin, get it out of the fridge right before cooking. Don’t place frozen vegetable at room temperature, or after cooking, it will be watery and not so tasty.
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How to cook a pumpkin
The cooking time depends on the chosen method and amount to 10-30 minutes. It is about the same for fresh and frozen vegetable.
The time of boiling may vary depending on the varieties of pumpkin and size of the pieces. If they are larger than 2-3 inches in length, the vegetables have to keep on the fire a little longer.
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To make sure that the pumpkin is ready, it is enough to pierce it with a fork or knife. Cooked vegetables become quite soft, and the tip easily gets in.
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How to cook pumpkin on the stove
In a saucepan boil water: liquid half more than the vegetable. Put the pumpkin in boiling water, add salt to taste and cook covered over low heat for about 20 minutes, until the pieces become soft.
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Don’t place the prepared vegetables in the water, immediately remove it with a slotted spoon or simply drain the liquid.
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How to cook pumpkin in a slow cooker
Lay the slices in the bowl of the apparatus. Pour room temperature water so that it was a couple of inches above the pumpkin. Add salt according to your taste. Close the lid and cook in the “Baking” 30 minutes.
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How to cook a pumpkin in the steamer
Lay the slices of pumpkin in a special container. Add salt to taste. Pour water into the bowl of the machine and cook the vegetables for a couple for 20-25 minutes, until the pieces become soft.
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How to cook pumpkin in the microwave
Put the pieces in a container that is suitable for use in a microwave oven, for example glass. Pour the pumpkin with water so it was covered by about a third. Cover and cook for 10 minutes on full power.