Selecting a Pumpkin:
The most popular use of pumpkins is for decoration as
jack-o'-lanterns. When selecting a pumpkin for cooking, the
best selection is a "pie pumpkin" or "sweet pumpkin." These
are smaller than the large jack-o'-lantern pumpkins and the
flesh is sweeter and less watery. However, you can
substitute the jack-o'-lantern variety with fairly good results.
Look for a pumpkin with 1 to 2 inches of stem left.
stem is cut down too low the pumpkin will decay quickly or
may be decaying at the time of purchase. Avoid pumpkins
>with blemishes and soft spots. It should be heavy, shape is
unimportant. A lopsided pumpkin is not necessarily a bad
pumpkin. Figure one pound of raw, untrimmed pumpkin for
each cup finished pumpkin puree.