I processed a very large jack-o-lantern style pumpking last year and it made a fantastic pie. I don't know why people say they don't make good pies.
Sprout baked her jack-o-lantern this year and squeezed out the excess water through a tea towel. She called and was wondering what to do withthe juice as she suspected that it had significant nutritional value, and great flavor. I suggested that she add pumpkin pie spices, freeze it, and shave it. She called me back a few days later and said that she did that and it was great, and very refreshing.
I baked off one of my pumpkins 2 nights ago. I'll be removing the excess juice tonight. I've got two more pumpkins to process. I'll be saving those juices. I will make some pie-flvored punch, with some, shaved ice with some, and I want to try making a panna cotta with some. I'll let everyone know how it turns out. I'm thinking that the panna cotta will be really good.
Seeeeeeeya; Chief Longwind of the North