What's the best canned pumpkin? To find out, we did a blind taste test with 9 different brands of canned pumpkin. We made pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread and cookies and then judged the results. Here are the canned pumpkin options we think are best.
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Delicious! This pumpkin puree is excellent for all sorts of recipes, but we think it is best for breads, cookies and the like. That's because it has a higher moisture content then others we tried.
$64.58 ($0.36 / Ounce)
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Canned pumpkin: Tips & Tricks
Let’s talk pumpkin! Canned pumpkin, that is.
Canned pumpkin is used in a variety of recipes, from pumpkin pie to bread to cookies to soup.
To find the best canned pumpkin, we did a blind taste test with popular brands:
Of course, pumpkin pie was a key recipe we tested—we used the same recipe and tried different brands of canned pumpkin to see what worked best. Here’s a sample pie we baked:
After all our testing, we discovered some tips and tricks for buying canned pumpkin:
• Some canned pumpkin is more “liquid-y” than others. That is, some had a higher moisture content. This can be a problem, especially with pumpkin pie. Canned pumpkin with more moisture is probably better suited for pumpkin bread or cookie recipes, since you can adjust the amount of flour to absorb some of the extra moisture.
• For pumpkin pie, you want a thicker, firmer consistency to your canned pumpkin. And while you might think all canned pumpkin is, well canned pumpkin, we found that some brands were firmer/thicker than others.
• Consider using recipes from the brands you buy for popular items. Most makers of canned pumpkin have developed recipes for pumpkin pie, bread and other popular items. We found if you use these recipes (designed for the consistency of the canned pumpkin those brand sells), the more success you might have.
The results from our blind taste tests are in. Here are the canned pumpkin brands we think are best:
Libby’s is probably the most well known brand when it comes to canned pumpkin—and in our blind taste tests, it came out on top, especially for pumpkin pie. Why? It has a firmer texture than other brands, which lends itself well to pie making.
When you are baking a pie for the holidays, sometimes it is best to go for the tried and true . . . less risk, better odds things will turn out well! That’s how we feel about this pumpkin puree.
For whatever reason, pumpkin puree can get rather pricey, especially around holidays. If you plan to do a lot of baking, we found the 365 by Whole Foods brand of canned pumpkin to be both excellent in quality and easy on the wallet. This organic pumpkin puree scored high in our taste tests for flavor and texture.
We did a blind taste with several organic canned pumpkin brands—this brand, Libby’s Pure Organic Pumpkin, was among the tops in terms of flavor when we tried it in our pumpkin pie recipe. It wins our pick for best organic pumpkin puree.
Again, the texture here is thicker than other organic pumpkin we tested—and that makes it better for pies. You need to start with a thicker/firmer texture to get it work well, in our experience.
Why? Most pumpkin pie recipes just have evaporated milk, sugar, eggs and spices as ingredients . . . there is no flour to absorb extra moisture.
Our Favorite Pumpkin Pie recipe
We’ve tried a dozen or more pumpkin pie recipes over the years for holiday baking and always come back to this one by Libby’s. It is simple, but it is a crowd pleaser!
Here you go:
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 can (15 ounces) Pure Pumpkin
1 can (12 fluid ounces) evaporated Milk, (Or substitute with equal amount Lactose-Free or Almond Cooking Milk)
2 large eggs
1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell.
Mix sugar, cinnamon, salt, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl. Stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
Pour into pie shell.
Bake in preheated 425° F oven for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350° F; bake for 40 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack for 2 hours. Serve immediately or refrigerate.
Credit: VeryBestBaking web site by Nestle, Libby’s.
And why stop at pumpkin pie? Have you considered trying pumpkin scones? Here’s an example to inspire:
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About the Authors: Denise & Alan Fields
Denise & Alan Fields have made a career out of chronicling life’s milestones: getting married, buying a home and raising kids. As best-selling authors, the Fields have written a series of best-selling consumer guides, including Baby Bargains (over two million copies in print). With detailed reviews and recommendations of cribs, strollers and car seats, Baby Bargains has helped multiple generations of parents pick out the best gear for baby since 1994
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Raised in Loveland, Colorado, Denise Fields caught the writing bug early in life. She won awards for her essays at the tender age of 12, all while tending her family’s pet donkey at a farm in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
Fields received a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Colorado before co-founding a publishing company in Austin, Texas in 1988.
As the co-author of 23 books, Fields has written extensively on consumer topics, including real estate, parenting and children’s products.
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Fields also has been featured in the Wall Street Journal and on TV shows like Good Morning America and the NBC Today Show.
Alan Fields grew up in Dallas, Texas before attending the University of Colorado and receiving a Bachelor of Science degree.
Fields worked both in newspapers and radio before launching a career as a book author.
Together with Denise, Fields moved to Austin, Texas where Fields received a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Colorado.
Fields co-founded Windsor Peak Press, a boutique publishing company now based in Boulder, CO.
As a consumer advocate and money-saving expert, Fields has been quoted in the Washington Post, New York Times and even People Magazine.
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