Cook a pumpkin by boiling or baking it or by using a microwave. Freshly cooked pumpkin can be served on its own, and it also can be used as an ingredient for many recipes. Use a sugar pumpkin for best results,
With all three methods, cut the pumpkin in half and remove the stringy innards and stem section. Save the seeds to dry and roast. When baking the pumpkin, place in a shallow dish face down and cover with tin foil. Bake a medium-sized pumpkin at 375 degrees F for 90 minutes until the flesh is tender. Let it cool and scoop out the pumpkin to mash, puree or use in your favorite recipe.
To boil the pumpkin, peel it after removing the innards and stem and cut into chunks. Place the chunks in a sauce pan, cover completely with water, and bring to a boil; cook until the flesh is tender. Drain the water, and let the chunks cool before slicing, mashing or pureeing.
Using a microwave is the fastest way to cook a pumpkin. Simply place the pumpkin halves in the microwave and cook on high at seven minutes for every pound. Make sure to turn the pieces every few minutes, so they cook evenly. Pumpkin puree can be refrigerated for up to three days or saved in the freezer for up to six months.