19835 Gavilan Rd
Lake Mathews (Perris), CA 92570
Our fresh pumpkin baking experiment has concluded. Our taste testers are demanding another round of testing, but we believe they are simply addicted to the free pumpkin pie we’ve been providing for the last six weeks. It was a tough job, but someone had to do it.
While there are many methods for preparing fresh pumpkin, we chose to bake the pumpkin. In order to compare pumpkin to pumpkin, we prepared the same pie recipe each time, testing a different pumpkin variety. We then allowed our testers to sample the different pies and provide feedback. Many of the pies were double and triple tested by our volunteers.
Casper – makes a pie with great texture and flavor. The leftover seeds are large and thick, excellent for roasting. We noticed many recipes specifically call for the Casper pumpkin.
Cinderella – pumpkin is beautiful for decorating, but is not the greatest for pie. We tested this pumpkin several times, and each time it made a pie with a curdled, oily texture. The flavor was great, and the texture never once slowed the kids from devouring their slice of pie. We suggest using this pumpkin in non-pie recipes.
Fairy Tale – was the first pumpkin we tested, and it is still a favorite for both texture and flavor. If you like a custardy pumpkin pie, this is your pumpkin!
Jarrahdale – may be indistinguishable from the Fairy Tale. It too makes a custardy pie with great flavor and texture. It also has large thick seeds which are excellent for roasting. Do not be alarmed; although the skin is slate blue, the flesh is a deep orange.
Small Sugar – produces a sweet pie with a traditional texture, just like the name implies.
Winter Luxury – has a great flavor with a hint of caramel. If you want a traditional pie taste and texture, this is it.
Yellow of Paris – produced the smoothest pumpkin pie we have ever tasted. Due to the high water content, we suggest boiling some of the water out of your puree before baking. This will also intensify the pumpkin’s flavor.
We strongly suggest you run your own experiment, and Farmer J will happily participate in the sampling!
Have left over pumpkin and not sure what to do? Pureed pumpkin can be frozen, while fresh pumpkin can be cubed and canned: http://nchfp.uga.edu/how/can_04/pumpkin_winter_squash.html#tbl2
Besides a fun, family experience, our farm set a goal to give back to its community. Thanks to you, here is what was accomplished in our first year: over $2800 was given to our volunteer groups, pumpkins were provided for more than 100 families who couldn’t afford them, and private educational tours were enjoyed by more than 300 students.
Again, without you, we never would have been able to do this, so thank you. In addition, there is a small army of people who gave and gave and gave in order to make this a reality. Without the time and resources they provided, the farm would have never worked:
Monte & Marlis
|La Sierra AWANA Club
Corona High (APUSH)
Global Expeditions- BIOLA Team
Venture Crew 54
New Life Church
Road Runner Farm