There are certain things in life that are not worth the effort.
Making your own spring rolls complete with skins from scratch? Not worth the effort.
Rotating your own car tires? Not worth the effort.
Saving a few bucks by cutting your own hair with your kitchen scissors? Not worth the effort.
On the other hand, cutting your own steaks from a roast is completely worth the effort. Ditto for actually reading your camera’s manual to figure out how to use it and making your own BBQ sauce.
The problem is you have to undergo a few experiments and a few wasted days in order to figure out what’s worth the effort and what isn’t. It took me several nights out on the lawn with a sprinkler and a flashlight to come to grips with the fact that it’s not worth the effort. Now I just pay the $2 and buy a container of worms for fishing.
So for the longest time I’ve been wondering whether baking a pumpkin pie from scratch, complete with baking the actual pumpkin was worth it. Did it really produce a pie that was far superior to one made with canned pumpkin? I’d made and eaten both, but I’d never tried them side by side.
So last week I cooked 2 pumpkin pies.
One I made by baking a sugar pumpkin, hand grinding the cinnamon, and making the crust from scratch.
Real Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie
The other I made by using a can of pumpkin glop and a frozen crust.
Canned Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie
And then I took to the streets (my mom’s street, my sister’s street, my niece’s street …. ) to find out which pie tasted the best.
Was all the work of a scratch pumpkin pie really worth it? Or is buying a can of pumpkin and a frozen crust just as good? My hope was that the canned pumpkin glop and frozen crust would end up being as good, just for the sheer hilarity of it. And of course the convenience.
So … after asking 10 people, including:
One of my sisters
… the results were indisputable.
After tasting both pumpkin pies ….
9 out of 10 preferred …
Real Pumpkin, Pumpkin Pie!
The one hold out was my sister. She actually preferred the canned pumpkin, pumpkin pie. She even tried it twice to make sure.
Everyone else, hands down, preferred the home made pumpkin pie. They liked the texture, the colour and the crust better.
So … if given the choice over the next little while between spending time making a real pumpkin pie and squishing worms in the grass with your thumb. Go for the pie. It’s worth the effort.
** Re: comments. Are you kidding me people?? What do I have to do???? Cut myself and bleed pumpkin?
Yes. If you want, you can used canned pumpkin. But no, it will not taste as good as using a pumpkin you baked yourself.
If you must choose between either making the crust or making the pumpkin filling from scratch, make the pumpkin filling!**