To cook on the stove top, place 2 cups water in a large stock pot, and add a steamer basket to the pot. Place pumpkin in the pot and cover with a lid. Steam on medium-low for roughly 20 minutes, or until flesh is fork tender.
When cool to the touch, scoop out flesh and strain out excess water if desired. Place in a blender or food processor, and blend till smooth.
Homemade pumpkin puree can be used in smoothies. bread recipes, cookies and pies. To thaw from frozen, allow to sit out for 2-3 hours. Enjoy how fresh your foods are when using homemade puree versus canned.