From the “why didn’t I think of that sooner” files: shredding pumpkin skin!

Sigh…this is a short but sweet post aimed at simply sharing my most recent d’oh moment.  I’m attempting to recreate Alton Brown’s pumpkin bread recipe which calls for shredded/raw pumpkin.  Despite my extensive internet research (by extensive, I mean I looked on 2 or 3 websites) on the easiest way to peel a raw pumpkin, I struck out.  I even saw one eHow posting about the “easiest” way to peel pumpkins that didn’t deviate from my labor intensive way: cut it, scoop it, half/quarter it, then peel it with either the world’s studliest potato peeler or a knife.  Yeah…not easy.

Enter in the box grater.. (cue also sprach Zarathustra)

pic courtesy of walmart.com

pic courtesy of walmart.com

I was too lazy to take a pic of mine (cloudy day, covered in pumpkin guts-you get the pic) and I couldn’t even find a pic online of my extremely pared down version of the box grater.  It’s basically the smart car version of this multitasker.  Simply cut your pumpkin into manageable slices (for me, it was quarters) and grate it into a bowl.  Stop once you hit flesh and then get rid of the grated skin in the trash, compost, chicken or pig of your choice.  Easy and fast!  Take that eHow!   Hallelujah!  No more worries about cutting off my thumb peeling all of this pumpkin.  Happy baking!

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