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Halloween Pumpkin Juice - Backyard Grocery

Halloween Pumpkin Juice

Halloween Pumpkin Juice

Pumpkin juice is a great seasonal treat, and so good for you!

What do you do when you have about 15 pounds of pumpkin leftover? That is the question I asked myself as I looked down at the MASSIVE amount of pumpkin on my kitchen counter. What happened is I needed some pumpkin for a venison and pumpkin stew I wanted to make, and I only needed 3 or 4 pounds. But it turns out that on the day before Halloween, the only pumpkins in the store are big carving pumpkins (from local farmers, I was happy to see). I know those aren’t the best for eating, but I was REALLY in the mood to cook. So I picked up the smallest one, which weighed about 20 pounds. At $4.50, that is the best deal I’ve gotten in a long time.

But there I was, with a whole bunch of pumpkin. I made a few quarts of puree and my stew, but that still left me with a ton. I don’t know what put the idea of Pumpkin Juice in my head, but it stuck. I started thinking about Harry Potter and Halloween, and pumpkin juice just felt right. Besides, I’d only been to the store twice today, and I need to average at least three trips every Sunday otherwise my whole world goes out of kilter. Fortunately, I didn’t have any apples (weird since it’s apple season and the farmer’s market is full of them. And pumpkins too. I wasn’t very organized this week). So off to the store.

First I looked up pumpkin juice recipes. None of them really spoke to me, but I got enough from them to figure out what would make my taste buds happy. I’m taking the juice over to my sister’s for dinner tonight, but I haven’t decided yet if I’m actually going to share it. It’s very tasty.

Halloween Pumpkin Juice

Ingredients

  • 6 Roma apples
  • 6 cups pumpkin chunks
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • liquid stevia—to sweeten to taste

Directions

  1. Quarter the apples and remove the core and the seeds.
  2. Run the apples and pumpkin through a juicer.
  3. Mix in the ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.
  4. Add drops of liquid stevia as needed for sweetness—I used 6 drops for this recipe. You can also sweeten it with honey.

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