Ice, Ice, Pumpkin

November 10, 2011

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Good mornin’

I’m a bit sad that I haven’t had much pumpkin lately! A huge pounder has been frozen in my freezer and I tried to use it in yesterday’s breakfast. Unfortunately I didn’t have the hack saw required to break off a half cup portion. But today, I did!

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I whipped up some Coach’s oats made with milk, water, and chia, and added a 2/3 frozen hunk of pumpkin. Once it melted and stirred in, it was perfect. The next time I freeze pumpkin I will most definitely be doing the ice cube tray method! If I have enough ice cube trays…!

I topped this bowl with some crumbled Whole Wheat Cinnamon Chip scuffin from the bakery and a slug of sunflower buttah

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Served with sweet potato pie tea

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I used this new tea maker that OpenSky sent me to test out – it comes with its own snuggie!! It’s like a fresh press for tea (with a mesh basket instead of a mesh plunger) and it worked great for making a pot verses a cup.

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Dear me, get a load of that giant spider I had to deal with this morning. He was in the very interior of the house and found just after I carried Matt’s laundry downstairs, so I’m guessing he fell out. The horror. At least he did not crawl on my hand!

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I G-chatted Matt about it and he said the spider was his pet. Sorry Kanz, but no pet spiders in the house.

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1 kathleen @ the daily crumb November 10, 2011 at 9:26 am

ha! love that response about the spider. we had one crawling around our laundry room and i freaked out… to which my husband responded “what’s the problem? he’s not hurting anyone!”. ummm…

that tea press is awesome! hope it makes it to your open sky store.

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2 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

I really think [most] women’s somewhat irrational fear of spiders stems to our ancestors when we had to protect children from getting bitten by poisonous spiders. Men were out hunting and gathering and were de-sensitized to them seeing them all the time as they moved.

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3 Dimple Snatcher November 10, 2011 at 10:00 am

Or simply they’re just scary creatures to look at?!

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4 Sarah November 10, 2011 at 11:47 am

I am the designated spider-killer in my house because of the cleaning-up-the-guts part. We also spray the exterior of our house (at the foundation) every summer and that helps a LOT.

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5 Olena (The Fit Gourmet) November 10, 2011 at 10:47 pm

I also let little brown spiders live as my “pets”. My bf hates it :)

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6 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope November 10, 2011 at 9:26 am

I love that the tea maker has a snuggie! So cute :) Your oats look yummy too. I haven’t had any pumpkin lately. I missing it.

I hate spiders!! Have a great Thursday!

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7 takeya November 14, 2011 at 5:29 pm

Happy to hear that you love our Tea Maker’s insulating jacket. It really helps tea your tea hot or cold and protects your table from condensation.

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8 Savannah @ Sweet and Savvy November 10, 2011 at 9:26 am

Sweet potato pie tea? That sounds wonderful! :)

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9 Aine @ Something to Chew Over November 10, 2011 at 9:27 am

I love that tea maker! I’d use it to death :)

Have a great day Kath!

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10 Ann Dunaway Teh November 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

You could also scoop the pumpkin out onto a sheet pan with a 1/2 cup measure or ice cream scoop, freeze on the pan and then remove the scoops to a container or ziploc bag to freeze rather than using the ice cube tray method!

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11 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

Wonderful idea!!

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12 Kelly November 10, 2011 at 1:43 pm

Silicone muffin pans also work really, really well since they pop out easily and are pretty good as a single serving. I use them a lot to freeze stock, leftover wine and whatnot.

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13 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Another great idea!

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14 Erin November 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Leftover wine?

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15 Kelly November 10, 2011 at 3:24 pm

Yup. I’m a single girl, but like a glass after work on weeknights. I have a contraption that sucks the air out of my bottles so they last longer, but inevitably I still have a little bit left so I freeze it. My muffin tin has a little less than a 1/2 cup in each compartment so I’ll freeze it and then use the wine for cooking later. (Most of my recipes seem to call for 1/2 cup increments of wine.) It’s great because I HATE opening up a new bottle just to cook with.

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16 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats November 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

Oooh, that’s even better than the ziploc method I just shared below :)

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17 Tracy November 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

That’s how I freeze pumpkin. Works great!

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18 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife November 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

holy HUGE spider!!! I’d totally die. Yikes.

Your b-fast looks awesome. I need to eat more sunflower butter…..it is just so good!

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19 Jessica / Green Skies and Sugar Trips November 10, 2011 at 9:29 am

Another great alternative for freezing portions is the small “gladware” containers. They make a very small size that we used to Taylor’s baby food. It’s bigger than an ice cube tray, but small enough to be a perfect sized individual portion. Stack them or once they are frozen pop them out and store in zip lock bags!

They are also also what I freeze my berry compote for overnight oats in! It’s just the right amount! for a great stir in!

And spiders are no joke! I’ve been bitten twice by Brown Recluse, and both times landed in the hospital! No fun!

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20 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 9:33 am

I have some of those little containers from IKEA too… bites! Yikes!

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21 Johanna B November 10, 2011 at 11:37 am

I have a clan of brown recluse spiders living in my basement (which is where my washer and dryer are). You are so right. Their bites are no fun.

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22 Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) November 10, 2011 at 9:30 am

Holy moly that spider is huge! I might have cried.

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23 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio November 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

That tea maker is fantastic!! The tea flavor also sounds really tasty.

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24 Susan H. @ the food allergy chronicles November 10, 2011 at 9:32 am

My youngest son is petrified of spiders! Big…small…even the teeny weeny ones! His eyes bulge…he screams with horror…and is rendered paralysed to the spot until someone ‘deals with the spider’ in question. I had hoped he would grow out of it by acting non-chalant about the whole spider thing…alas…no!

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25 Linda November 10, 2011 at 2:45 pm

My teenage son is still afraid of spiders!

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26 Claire @ Live and Love to Eat November 10, 2011 at 9:35 am

That spider is totally unacceptable. Pretty much an intruder. I think I’d call the police.

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27 Jen November 10, 2011 at 9:38 am

sweet potato pie… tea? That sounds delicious.

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28 Cait's Plate November 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

Hahaha – I don’t blame you for not allowing the spider-pet. I would have a hard time with that too even if it WERE in a cage.

I haven’t had hardly any pumpkin lately either. I need to fix it!

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29 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 10, 2011 at 9:39 am

Very cute tea pot!! I agree with you on the spider… dog – fine. But anything with more than 4 legs is a no in my house!

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30 Maria @ Sinfully Nutritious November 10, 2011 at 9:40 am

Now I have two things I have to try…sweet potato tea and biscoff.

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31 Lauren @ What Lauren Likes November 10, 2011 at 9:41 am

Your teas always sound sooo good! I’ve never heard of a sweetpotato pie one before!

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32 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 10, 2011 at 9:43 am

I don’t do well with spiders. They seem to be everywhere in San Diego.

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33 Gina @ Running to the Kitchen November 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

In our house my husband is the one deathly afraid of spiders. I don’t like them of course, but his fears are so out of control I end up being the one who has to catch them all. Not a fun job!

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34 Amy November 10, 2011 at 9:50 am

Hi Kath, I have a question about the Golden Moon Dessert Tea Trio you have on OpenSky- are those loose leaf or tea bags? Also, do you like Golden Moon or Adagio better? I have some Adagio now but I was thinking of ordering the Golden Moon set. Thanks!

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35 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

They are loose leaf. For the longest time I avoided LL teas but then I got that great Adagio brew pot and life has changed. I really liked the 3 flavors in the OpenSky bundle. They are a bit milder than the Adagio because they’re not black teas (green, oolong) (I’m into all the pumpkin/dessert ones there too) but they are great on aroma

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36 Sandi November 10, 2011 at 9:53 am

What brand is the tea maker?..didn’t see on Open Sky.

Saw on Twitter that some are displaying some “snarky-ness”…my little mother used to tell me, “Let your good manners ignore their bad ones”. Keep smiling girl! ;)

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37 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 9:56 am

:)

Tea maker is coming soon – not up yet!

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38 takeya November 14, 2011 at 7:53 pm

can’t wait to hear your thoughts about our tea maker!

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39 Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table November 10, 2011 at 9:55 am

Spiders don’t scare me as much a roaches. I have nightmares if I see one before bed!! Thankfully I’ve only had 1 in 2 years living in my condo.

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40 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries November 10, 2011 at 9:55 am

Sweet potato pie tea?! You keep surprising us with more amazing tea flavors! :)

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41 Valerie @ City|Life|Eats November 10, 2011 at 9:57 am

One thing I have done with extra pumpkin is to freeze it in a ziploc, but so that the layer of pumpkin is pretty flat and distributed throughout the baggie. That way you can easily break off a portion. I usually can get 1 1/2 cups of pumpkin into a quart sized ziploc nice and flat, which I know is 3 portions for oatmeal/smoothie/chia pudding purposes. That way you don’t need to find more ice cube trays :)

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42 Hilliary @ Happily Ever Healthy November 10, 2011 at 9:58 am

Oh I hate spiders! I usually run away when I see them!

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43 Katie @ cooklaughmove November 10, 2011 at 9:59 am

Do you keep all the samples/test products? You seem to have clutter under control, I can’t imagine you hanging onto to every.single.piece!

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44 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

I give some of it (the ones I’m not crazy about ) to Goodwill

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45 Angel7 November 10, 2011 at 10:01 am

I cringe at the thought of pet spiders! Or my biggest fear is pet snakes!

I think we are going to Great Harvest this weekend, which is only about my second or third time to one — it is not close in proximity to where we live, unfornately :( You have instilled in me a love for GH bread :) What GH breads are on the top of your favorite list — I am sure you like them all? :)

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46 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

Dakota, Cville Crunch (aka Flax Oat Bran), High Five

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47 Katie @ Peace Love and Oats November 10, 2011 at 10:06 am

I would definitely draw the line at having a spider as a pet! I could probably handle a snake but a spider, um no.

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48 Lena @Fit on the Rocks November 10, 2011 at 10:16 am

That is a HUGE spider! I’m terrified of them and really wish I wasn’t.

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49 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count November 10, 2011 at 10:26 am

The teapot looks like a handy tool!

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50 Meredith November 10, 2011 at 10:28 am

For freezing pumpkin, you can also put a couple of cups in a gallon size freezer bag, seal it, then smoosh the pumpkin into a flat sheet inside the bag. That way, you can stack multiple bags flat in the freezer, then easy break off frozen pieces to use without thawing the whole thing. So glad it’s pumpkin season!

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51 SkinnyRunner November 10, 2011 at 10:30 am

i would have crapped my pants over that spider. or cried. i seriously get so worked up i start crying and panicking, its really cute.
i love coaches oats except when i try to be fast and microwave them. dont do this. it just makes crunchy oatmeal. and not in a good way.

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52 laine November 10, 2011 at 10:35 am

A spider you can see from the top of the stairs is just not right. If he wants it as a pet, it needs to be caged and leashed and muzzled at all times.

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53 Lauren B. November 10, 2011 at 10:36 am

What’s your all-time favorite tea? Where can I order all of your fun teas that you feature on the blog?

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54 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 10:38 am
55 Danielle @ Dani Blossoms November 10, 2011 at 10:37 am

Is that a Teavana tea maker? We have one that looks just like that and it rocks!
My mom and I drink tons of herbal tea in the evenings and we use it to make a big batch in one go!
I ordered the Coach’s oats off of your Open Sky last night! I really can’t wait for it to get here!! :)

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56 Susan (Oliepants) November 10, 2011 at 10:40 am

Eek – no pet spiders for sure!! I have been using the tea maker a lot these days too – can’t help but end a colder night with a warm smooth cup of tea!

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57 Patty @ Foodie and the Beatz November 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

Kath, I have been crumbling muffins in my yogurt after reading your breakfast posts. But I have to ask – do you just use the muffin tops? I just can’t justify eating a whole muffin along with yogurt + crunchy topping, which for me is a must.

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58 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 10:49 am

Yes, I only use about 1/4 to 1/3 at a time

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59 Anna @ On Anna's Plate November 10, 2011 at 10:43 am

Haha…unexpected “pets” are so fun, aren’t they? We had a “pet” mouse in our last house…eek!

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60 Khushboo November 10, 2011 at 10:48 am

No one likes unwelcomed guests!

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61 Casey @ Pocket Full of Sunshine November 10, 2011 at 10:53 am

Sweet potato pie tea?! I’m intrigued. Does it really taste like sweet potatoes, or more like cinnamon and stuff? I love trying new teas!

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62 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 11:02 am

It’s more like a black tea with hints of vanilla and spice

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63 Kristin @ eat healthy. be happy. live well. November 10, 2011 at 10:59 am

Just got the e-mail about the new breathe magazine with you on the cover!!! Such a great article about getting a handle on the clutter! I loved the pics of your house too :)

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64 Jennifer November 10, 2011 at 11:05 am

I think it’s worse to know that it may have been in the laundry you were carrying vs just on the floor. Eek!!!!!
I have to tell you, though, that someone mentioned spraying lemon scented Pledge around the doors/windows. I did that two weeks ago and have not seen one spider in the house! That is highly unusual, too. I spray it once a week and so far it has worked. :) I keep wondering if it’s just the cooler weather driving them away but I so want to believe it’s the Pledge. :) You might want to try it. Although, if they already live inside that might keep them inside. (haha)

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65 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 11:06 am

I bought lemon essential oils but just never sprayed them – better get to it!

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66 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More November 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

Uhhh that’s one heck-of-a spider!! EEEEK!

But at least breakfast was delicious! ;)

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67 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com November 10, 2011 at 11:30 am

Ack! Spiders creep me out!!!!!

Holy yum, I need my pumpkin dose, like now :D

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68 Johanna B November 10, 2011 at 11:40 am

I started my day with a batch of GF pumpkin pancakes. On a workday, too. I feel so self-indulgent ;-)

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69 Amanda November 10, 2011 at 11:51 am

Why is it that the bugs always seem to make an appearance when no one else is home? I’ve found a couple of those house centipedes (just typing that makes me shudder!) in my bathroom recently when my husband was at work, and I debated going upstairs to get my landlord to get rid of them! I know this is crazy, but they’re so disgusting and so fast! I ended up trying to spray one with shaving cream (it was the closest thing I thought to grab), but instead I just made a giant mess. #fail

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70 Health Bee November 10, 2011 at 11:58 am

The tea maker looks great! I’d love to get one. Do you know what brand it is?

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71 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 12:57 pm

It’s Takeya brand

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72 Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning November 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm

Beautiful bowl! ;) I’m very curious to hear your review on the Dandy blend whenever you crack one open.
And hey- the K & M letters are too cute!(and the two of you are just too cute)

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73 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 12:58 pm

I know! I need to try those. Maybe after lunch today!

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74 Katelyn @ Chef Katelyn November 10, 2011 at 12:12 pm

SWEET POTATO PIE TEA. I’m moving in, hope you don’t mind

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75 Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark! November 10, 2011 at 12:32 pm

Where can I get this amazing tea in the UK?! I would love to try a cup, sounds delicious!

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76 Christine @ Oatmeal in my Bowl November 10, 2011 at 12:55 pm

If you can see him from that afar in that size.. you know he is big up close. Eeek
Loving the tea maker & snuggie. Need to check that out.

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77 Rebekah November 10, 2011 at 12:56 pm

I am totally making pumpkin oatmeal tomorrow! I just baked up a little one yesterday and only used half on some pumpkin muffins. Thought about freezing the rest but decided I’d just use it first. I’ve never tried it in oatmeal!! Much healthier option than muffins or pie.

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78 TeenyLittleSuperChef November 10, 2011 at 1:08 pm

Mmm, sweet potato pie tea to go with your pumpkin oats. What a lovely pairing :) I’ve never thought to freeze pumpkin, although the idea to freeze up a bunch of kabocha squash has crossed my mind lately as I’ve noticed there are fewer and fewer of them in the grocery stores lately. Gotta stock up. Have you ever had luck freezing kabocha? Would you cut it in slices or puree it and freeze it in ice cube trays like you mentioned? Just curious

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79 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 1:09 pm

I haven’t frozen squash before, no

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80 Pat November 10, 2011 at 1:19 pm

I have frozen squash – you need to cook it first, then it’s just like pumpkin. It separates when it’s thawed, butjust heat it up and stirwell. :)

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81 Kelly November 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

I would second this. Generally I’ve found it freezes well as a puree, but I’ve also cut up chunks and frozen those (uncooked) which has worked fine.

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82 Tracy November 10, 2011 at 1:52 pm

I roast kabocha, chop in cubes, then freeze on a cookie sheet before transferring to a ziploc bag. It makes a great smoothie or puree for other uses. I’ve never tried to eat it without pureeing after freezing though.

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83 TeenyLittleSuperChef November 10, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Wow, thanks everyone for the great suggestions! Tracy, what all do you put in a kabocha squash smoothie? I’m intrigued

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84 Tracy November 10, 2011 at 2:05 pm

I make it just like a pumpkin pie smoothie: almond milk, kabocha, pumpkin pie spices, vanilla, pinch of salt and sometimes a little brown rice protein powder.

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85 Katie November 10, 2011 at 1:45 pm

Another question for you Kath… what kind of pumpkin do you prefer to use and what differences have you noticed? Right now I have a can of Libby’s and a can of TJs organic both open in the fridge. The TJs is thicker, duller orange, earthier smelling than the Libby’s which is creamier/moister, brighter orange, sweeter smelling. I definitely noticed a difference when using the TJs in oatmeal and have used half Libby’s and half TJs the past few mornings. I haven’t baked with the TJs yet. Just wondering your opinions, thanks!

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86 Jen November 10, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I think it’s more important for you to just eat what YOU prefer. You’ve tried both – so do you like a sweeter pumpkin or no? Just change it up and use both!

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87 TeenyLittleSuperChef November 10, 2011 at 1:59 pm

I read somewhere that the stuff they put in Libby’s is actually not pumpkin but some other orange winter squash like buttercup. That might be why the texture and flavor is different from TJ”s or Whole Foods. They probably use the real stuff which, in my opinion, is kinda flavorless and watery. I personally prefer Libby’s but that’s probably also because I’ve grown up on it.

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88 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 2:08 pm

I actually prefer Libby’s or the moister orange kind to the organic browner ones

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89 Julia H. @ The Petite Spiel November 10, 2011 at 2:34 pm

I’m going to a Great Harvest bakery for the first time later today! There are two near my college and my roommate & I have been meaning to go for a month…today’s the day! Can’t wait to try out all the bread that I read about on here :)

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90 KathEats November 10, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Have fun tasting!

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91 Andrea November 10, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Gadzooks! That’s a big ass spider! Tell that husband of your’s that spiders are NOT allowed because you’re allergic!

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92 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings November 11, 2011 at 9:50 am

Ok…that IS huge! Too bad there are no spider traps like there are for mice, which we are currently dealing with. Whee! :)

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