Best canned pumpkin for soup and muffins ?

linnea56

I use pumpkin puree mostly for soup, but sometimes for a pumpkin muffins or quickbread.


The last few times it did not taste much like pumpkin. I ended up having to double the amount of pumpkin puree I put in the pumpkin curry soup I made yesterday. But I certainly can’t double the pumpkin in muffins.


I bought Aldi’s brand and Stokely’s most recently, now those plus some local store brands are off the list. Tasted like nothing much of anything!


I cooked and froze a few pumpkins this fall, but that is long gone, and my freezer is small to begin with.


Can anyone recommend a brand that tastes like pumpkin? Thanks

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annie1992

When I buy commercialy canned pumpkin, I usually buy Libby's. it's more expensive but it's also more consistent. Like you, I've found that some of the less expensive brands don't always have a lot of pumpkin flavor.

I'm still using the Hokkaido and Butternut squash that I grew, and have found them to be a very flavorful and acceptable pumpkin substitute.

Annie

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plllog

We still have baking pumpkins in the market. I prefer it. But for baking, I've also used Trader Joe's organic, which I like a lot better than other brands I've tried. It's pumpkinier. I've read that some are really other kinds of squash. TJ's says it is just pumpkin, though I don't know how specific the legal definition of pumpkin is. It's also less likely to have water separated out.

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linnea56

"pumpkinier", yes, that's what I need!

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gardengal48 (PNW Z8/9)

"though I don't know how specific the legal definition of pumpkin is"

There is NO legal definition of pumpkin :-) It is just a common name assigned to some varieties of winter squash, Cucurbita pepo.

I use Libby's as well - 100% pumpkin (or Cucurbita pepo) and I have never found it lacking in flavor or with a tendency to separate.

I agree the best and most flavorful pumpkin meat comes from sugar pumpkins but they have a pretty short shelf time however other sweet, orange fleshed winter squash like Hubbard, butternut or acorn can work equally as well.....but maybe not taste quite as pumpkin-y!

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Martha Scott

I like Libby's and even though more expensive, it's what I use!

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chloebud

Libby's, for sure.

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bragu_DSM 5

ditto

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sooz

Another vote for Libby's, although I've had really good results with canned pumpkin from Trader Joe's as well.

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sheilajoyce_gw

Libby's

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lindac92

Libby Libby Libby on the label label label....(showing my age)

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sleevendog (5a NY 6aNYC NL CA)

I have a couple flat packed in the freezer from the garden. Roasted a combination of traditional pumpkin and some winter squash.

I keep a can in the pantry that is good. Should do a side by side taste test with Libby.


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chloebud

sooz mentioned TJ's canned pumpkin. I've used it with good results.

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linnea56

This is pretty unanimous! Thank you all. Libby's and Trader Joe's it is.

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