Pumpkin Pie – Purée vs. Filling

This weekend is our Canadian thanksgiving weekend. That means lots of gatherings and plenty of food. I originally intended on making a pumpkin pie from scratch, but my plans were fumbled when KD and I blindly bought the wrong type of pumpkin.

Instead of purchasing pumpkin purée, we bought the pie filling in a can. What’s the difference you ask? Pumpkin purée is supposed to be just pumpkin with no spices or additives (though sometimes they add other gourd vegetables to the mixture). It’s a good way of making a pumpkin pie as closest to scratch, next to digging out the pumpkin meat directly from the fresh gourd yourself.

On the other hand, pumpkin pie filling is a premade filling containing pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. The only thing you really need to make the pie is a pie shell, which you can either make fresh or buy premade. Since I was supposed to make the pies Saturday night but couldn’t because of this little blunder (I searched all over the Internet for other recipes that may have worked with a premade mix, but nothing peaked my interest and the choices were very limited!), I had to go out the next day to a Farmers Market to buy a few. So lessons learned, purchase pumpkin purée and not pumpkin pie filling unless you just want to use a mixture that is ready-to-go. Happy Thanksgiving!

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2 thoughts on “Pumpkin Pie – Purée vs. Filling

  1. amusingword says:

    My pumpkin Puree contains REAL pumpkin, not butternut squash or whatever squash they trick us into buying from Libby’s, etc It make a HUGE difference on flavor and texture!

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    • Rini says:

      Yes, that’s why it’s always great to make things on your own. There’s always a catch when you buy something premade which is unfortunate. Here’s to homemade goods from scratch! 🙂

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