After finally figuring out how to light my camper oven…which was ridiculously simple…embarrassingly…I roasted a pumpkin. Just one. It took a few hours and it caused a significant increase in our camper temperature.
Since it’s been unseasonably warm, I wanted to avoid the oven, especially with three pumpkins left to cook.
But guess what?!
You can cook your pumpkins in the crockpot!
Yes, siree bob!
The process is easy, which is slightly modified from here.
- Cut the pumpkin in half.
- Scoop out seeds and fibers.
- Cut pumpkin up into chunks or slices, (the smaller you cut them, the more you can fit into the crockpot).
- Add 1/2 c. water for each pumpkin.
- Turn crockpot to high and let cook for 3-4 hours.
- Pumpkin is cooked when a fork pierces the skin easily and the “meat” is tender.
It took me two batches but this method is carefree and produces far less heat for the camper.
I cut away the skin of mine carefully so I could cube it and can it. I was able to get 7 pints. And yes I canned them.
Now, purists will say you CANNOT can pumpkin, but if you do not make a pumpkin puree, you are good to do.
Suffice it to say, I do not think I’ll be canning much in the camper.
Had I remembered that they needed to be pressure canned for 55 minutes I would not have done it. BUT since I had already prepped my jars, and filled them, I pressed on like a good girl scout.
I found instructions for canning pumpkin here. My pumpkin harvest last year was dismal. In spite of the drought we had this year and my lazy watering…I got 6 pie pumpkins from one plant. Good enough for me!
How was canning in the Camper?
It took a LONG time to get the canner hot enough. And remember the heat I was complaining about?
Ummm…yeah, we were roasting. I should have saved the seeds from the pumpkins and just laid them out on the counter. Could have multi-tasked and dried them in the roaster of our camper.
Do any of you full-time RVers can? Or was that something you gave up?
Mission accomplished on the canning but I may need to admit defeat. Can’t win them all I suppose.