How to prepare fresh pumpkin
Cut top from pumpkin. Scrape out the membrane and seeds. Cut pumpkin into large pieces and place on a baking sheet. Bake about 45 minutes at 350°F. Let cool until able to handle comfortably. Scrape the soft pulp from rind. Pulse the pulp in a food processor until fully puréed or pass through a sieve to achieve same result.
Choose a small, sweet variety (a 2 to 4 pound “sugar” or “pie” pumpkin); the larger a pumpkin is the stringier it is! Read more about choosing a pumpkin here!