Pumpkin question

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I just cut a milk pumpkin in half to prepare to bake it. The inside was pretty stringy beyond the first slimy strings; the texture was almost like a spaghetti squash. I went ahead and put it in the oven anyway. I wouldn't imagine this would have any use in a pie, but if I processed it, might it work in a soup?
 
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Sounds like the pumpkin matured too much off the vine and it's starting to 'dry out' which will cause the stringiness.

However, it should be fine for a soup or, if you process it in the food processor and drain the water from it, you could also use it as a filling for a pumpkin ravioli! The dryer the filling the better so this could be good..
 
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Aha!!! That's exactly what happened to it: I let it sit around too long before deciding to bake it off.
I didn't realize that dryness was a positive quality in pumpkin for anything; this is good to know.
 
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(What is this fascination/addiction to everything with peanut butter? Icky :) Different palates differ.....Although I like it on fresh white breaad with leatherwood honey)

I would go a pumpkin soup with ginger. Pumpkin is better savoury than sweet IMO.
 
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If I'm going to make soup I can assure you there will be chipotle peppers involved.
 
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I just pulled that bad boy out of the oven, stuck a spoon in it, and.....
WOW! It is sooooo sweet and flavorful! The stringiness will be no match for my trusty immersion blender. There will be soup.
 
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I think white bread here is different from USA white bread, nowhere near as sweet. I generally use a mutli-grain or dark rye, but for a special treat, baguettes.

Wonder how the soup turned out? Chipotles sound like a good addition.
 
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How did the soup turn out.....

The deal with chipotles is that if you add enough to noticeably enhance the flavor in the chipotle direction, you're going to get a significant amount of heat.

That's what happened.

I was trying to keep my heat factor on the subdued side in consideration of one of my guests, but I was not as successful in that venture as I would have liked.

So I served it with sour cream.
It was DARN tasty! And HOT!!
 
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