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  • Canned pumpkin in the UK

    Could you please tell me where Nigella buys her canned pumpkin - I am originally from California and could readily buy it and used it in many recipes. I just can't find here in Leeds, W Yorks - please help!!!! Thank You!

    From the nigella team:

    It is probably easiest to order the canned pumpkin on-line and there are two websites which offer a large variety of US foods in the UK - Stateside Candy Co and American Soda. The links to the canned pumpkin are below and both offer 15-ounce and 29-ounce cans. You can freeze excess canned pumpkin in airtight containers for up to 3 monhs. It may look a little grainy when thawed but it is fine to cook with.

    If you are visiting London then you can also buy canned pumpkin at Panzer's in St John's Wood and Partridge's in Sloane Square or Gloucester Road (and also their website below).

    You can also make your own pumpkin puree by steaming cubes of peeled pumpkin (seeds removed) until tender (this is about 20 minutes for roughly 1 1/2-inch cubes but start checking after 10 minutes, the pumpkin should yield easily to the tip of a table knife). Puree and measure out to use in your recipe.

    http://www.americansweets.co.uk/libbys-u425gu-solid-pack-100-natural-pumpkin-a-thanksgiving-essential-386-p.asp

    http://www.americansoda.co.uk/uk/American-Soda/Home/Baking/Pie-filling-+-Jell-O/Libby's-Pumpkin-Pie-Filling-425g.aspx

    http://www.partridges.co.uk/index.php/fuseaction/shop.product/productid/257

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