Test Kitchen Tip: Canned Pumpkin

What’s the difference between pumpkin purée and pumpkin pie filling?

When it comes to this popular fall ingredient, these two cans are not created equal. Canned pumpkin purée is 100% pure pumpkin—nothing more, nothing less. Pumpkin pie filling is a “shortcut” ingredient, containing pumpkin and added sugar and spices.

Unless otherwise specified, we use canned pumpkin purée in our recipes so we can add our own sweeteners (like honey or brown sugar) or change up the spices (like cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, or cloves) to our liking. Plus, pumpkin purée has a neutral flavor, so it can be used in both sweet and savory recipes.

Now that your canned-pumpkin training is complete, use your knowledge in this recipe for Pumpkin Pie with Coconut Whipped Cream!



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