I filled a large pot with the pumpkin pieces, added lots of water, and put it on the stove to cook for about 45 minutes. I checked with a wooden stick to see if the pumpkin was soft.
When the pumpkin was soft, I removed it from the heat, and poured out as much water as possible. After a while, the pieces were cool enough to handle and it was so easy to cut the pumpkin meat away from its rind. I put the meat in a bowl and smashed it down with a potato masher.
I filled three quart size plastic zip lock bags with smashed up pumpkin and put them in the freezer for baking pumpkin bread at a later time. We do have the holidays coming up soon. I didn't use all of the pumpkin: enough is enough. It was a large pumpkin and it will be a good addition to the compost pile in the garden. It is now time to move away from the pumpkin and enjoy the weekend.
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