So you are getting ready to carve your pumpkin, does it have you thinking about pies and Thanksgiving? If you are thinking about starting with a fresh pumpkin and turning it into your pumpkin pie, there is something you need to look for that is the complete opposite of what you look for in a Jack O'lantern pumpkin.

When you look for a pumpkin to carve a Jack O'lantern, you are usually looking for a large specimen that has plenty of room for your creative carving. Thus, most people look for something with some size, approximately 10 to 12 inches or larger, depending on what over all look you are going for.

When it comes to what kind of pumpkin you want to use when it comes to cooking and baking, remember this smaller is usually better. The species of pumpkin that you are looking for when you want to cook or bake with called a Sugar Pumpkin.

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The above photo gives you an idea as to what to look for when it comes to selecting a sugar pumpkin. Yes, you will need to clean your sugar pumpkin, which involves removing the stem, cutting the pumpkin in half, cleaning out the seeds, taking off the skin and then roasting the gourd so you can then use the pumpkin 'meat' in your pies.

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Have you ever gone ahead and cooked a sugar pumpkin and then used it to make a pumpkin pie with it? Did you notice a difference in the end product? Would you do it again or was it not worth all the extra effort?

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