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What is the difference between canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie filling, and pumpkin puree? 

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Canned pumpkin is just that and nothing more: cooked, pureed pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling is flavored with spices like cinnamon, clove, allspice and ginger, and is also sweetened. It is a "convenience food" for making short work of pumpkin pie. Pureed pumpkin or canned pumpkin may be used for many dishes besides pumpkin pie, including delicious soups and pastas.

Watch our video and see how to puree fresh pumpkin.

Recipe: Curried Pumpkin Soup with Spicy Pumpkin Seeds