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  • Post #31 - October 1st, 2009, 2:42 pm
    Post #31 - October 1st, 2009, 2:42 pm Post #31 - October 1st, 2009, 2:42 pm
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    I was unaware until this thread that pumpkin was a food for dogs, especially ones with allergies. I guess the density of the texture is meaty enough for them? Are you mixing other stuff into the pumpkin?

    Can other squash varieties be consider acceptable substitutes?

    Regards,


    I feed my dog a mix of raw food and kibble with a big spoonful of pumpkin. Sweet potato is a good substitute - I am not sure about other squashes, but I really don't know why not. Our vet advised us that the high fiber and bulk of these veggies make them easily digestible. We give it to our dog, not as an aid for allergies, but to keep him regular. (Some of the high end kibble dog foods have sweet potato in place of corn/grain - perhaps this is to address the food allergies?)

    My experience is that dogs love this stuff. Even the picky eater dog I used to watch wanted it.
  • Post #32 - October 1st, 2009, 2:52 pm
    Post #32 - October 1st, 2009, 2:52 pm Post #32 - October 1st, 2009, 2:52 pm
    Chitown B wrote:sounds good thanks :)

    so no pumpkin pie spice or the like?
    No, just curry for me in the soup. Maybe some nutmeg. Now when I'm doing pumpkin bread I do all kinds of spices (allspice, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg).
    "things like being careful with your coriander/ that's what makes the gravy grander" - Sondheim
  • Post #33 - October 1st, 2009, 2:56 pm
    Post #33 - October 1st, 2009, 2:56 pm Post #33 - October 1st, 2009, 2:56 pm
    wendy wrote:
    Cathy2 wrote:Hi,

    I was unaware until this thread that pumpkin was a food for dogs, especially ones with allergies. I guess the density of the texture is meaty enough for them? Are you mixing other stuff into the pumpkin?

    Can other squash varieties be consider acceptable substitutes?

    Regards,
    Sweet potato is a good substitute....
    We give our dog a Sams Yam chew every night. We order them in bulk but they are still pretty expensive, but she has us trained to buy them anyway. She goes freaking ballistic every night when it's her yam chewy time.
    http://www.frontporchpets.com/
    "things like being careful with your coriander/ that's what makes the gravy grander" - Sondheim
  • Post #34 - October 1st, 2009, 4:05 pm
    Post #34 - October 1st, 2009, 4:05 pm Post #34 - October 1st, 2009, 4:05 pm
    Hi,

    I know a family that serves there cat a big dollop of whipped cream every time. I once inquired what happened if they ran out of whipped cream. They didn't want to know and always have several cans in the refrigerator. I could tell they lived in fear of their cat's likely hissy fit.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #35 - October 1st, 2009, 4:42 pm
    Post #35 - October 1st, 2009, 4:42 pm Post #35 - October 1st, 2009, 4:42 pm
    The dog uses only guilt but the two cats will use physical force if needed to get their special daily treats. Just staring at us and screaming repeatedly works pretty well for the cats though.
    "things like being careful with your coriander/ that's what makes the gravy grander" - Sondheim
  • Post #36 - October 3rd, 2009, 10:52 am
    Post #36 - October 3rd, 2009, 10:52 am Post #36 - October 3rd, 2009, 10:52 am
    Chitown B wrote:the link in your sig doesn't work. :(


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  • Post #37 - October 5th, 2009, 10:35 am
    Post #37 - October 5th, 2009, 10:35 am Post #37 - October 5th, 2009, 10:35 am
    Jewel in Edgewater had tons of pumpkin, I think the shortage is over. I got 4 anyway.
  • Post #38 - October 14th, 2009, 8:29 pm
    Post #38 - October 14th, 2009, 8:29 pm Post #38 - October 14th, 2009, 8:29 pm
    This week the A&G has Libby's canned pumpkin on sale, 3 for $4.

    Jen
  • Post #39 - October 15th, 2009, 1:16 pm
    Post #39 - October 15th, 2009, 1:16 pm Post #39 - October 15th, 2009, 1:16 pm
    I saw the canned pure pumpkin for $.79 per can at Aldi last week.
  • Post #40 - October 22nd, 2009, 12:46 pm
    Post #40 - October 22nd, 2009, 12:46 pm Post #40 - October 22nd, 2009, 12:46 pm
    Many of the suburban stores are STILL out of canned pumpkin-I had gone to 10 different stores between Chicago and Twin Lakes Wisc. I needed it immediately and ended up buying a real pie pumpkin- turned out perfect!
    This week, while all other stores are still out, I did find some at Aldi too.
  • Post #41 - October 22nd, 2009, 12:59 pm
    Post #41 - October 22nd, 2009, 12:59 pm Post #41 - October 22nd, 2009, 12:59 pm
    In the last week, Trader Joe's on Lincoln Ave had it and Whole Foods on Ashland had it.
  • Post #42 - November 19th, 2009, 3:09 pm
    Post #42 - November 19th, 2009, 3:09 pm Post #42 - November 19th, 2009, 3:09 pm
    Hi,

    It appears canned pumpkin shortage continues: Nestle says poor weather hurt harvest, canned pumpkin for pie may run short for holidays

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #43 - November 19th, 2009, 4:22 pm
    Post #43 - November 19th, 2009, 4:22 pm Post #43 - November 19th, 2009, 4:22 pm
    I stopped at the Howard/Clark Dominick's last week and asked for some canned pumpkin, to see what the response would be - and a stockboy walked me into the baking aisle where I saw a bottom-shelf full of large cans of Libby's brand product.
  • Post #44 - November 19th, 2009, 6:27 pm
    Post #44 - November 19th, 2009, 6:27 pm Post #44 - November 19th, 2009, 6:27 pm
    If you're not finding canned pumpkin or fresh pie pumpkins, butternut squash is a readily available substitute. You can roast it or microwave it.
  • Post #45 - November 20th, 2009, 11:29 am
    Post #45 - November 20th, 2009, 11:29 am Post #45 - November 20th, 2009, 11:29 am
    i was at the jewel on ashland this morning and looked all over for canned pumpkin, expecting a large display or an endcap full. finally asked and was directed to the bakery aisle where there were six large cans beneath a sign warning of the shortage. no small cans at all. i took two to avert a potential disaster.
  • Post #46 - November 20th, 2009, 12:06 pm
    Post #46 - November 20th, 2009, 12:06 pm Post #46 - November 20th, 2009, 12:06 pm
    Happy Foods on NW Hwy seemed to be well-stocked. I was there yesterday and picked up 2 cans. I sent Mr. CM2772 to get 2 more for me today.
  • Post #47 - November 20th, 2009, 12:46 pm
    Post #47 - November 20th, 2009, 12:46 pm Post #47 - November 20th, 2009, 12:46 pm
    From an article in today's (11-20-09) Chicago Tribune:

    Recent heavy rains in the Midwest are putting pumpkin in short supply this holiday season. Food giant Nestle, which controls about 85 percent of the canned pumpkin crop, said rain seems to have destroyed what remains of a small harvest this year. It said it expects to stop shipping the holiday staple by Thanksgiving.


    Link to article: http://tinyurl.com/yb4vxhc
  • Post #48 - November 20th, 2009, 1:35 pm
    Post #48 - November 20th, 2009, 1:35 pm Post #48 - November 20th, 2009, 1:35 pm
    LAZ wrote:If you're not finding canned pumpkin or fresh pie pumpkins, butternut squash is a readily available substitute. You can roast it or microwave it.


    Sweet potatoes will do too, at least in savory recipes. I often have to substitute it because Mr. Pie won't eat squash. :roll:
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
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  • Post #49 - November 20th, 2009, 2:37 pm
    Post #49 - November 20th, 2009, 2:37 pm Post #49 - November 20th, 2009, 2:37 pm
    Pie Lady wrote:
    LAZ wrote:If you're not finding canned pumpkin or fresh pie pumpkins, butternut squash is a readily available substitute. You can roast it or microwave it.


    Sweet potatoes will do too, at least in savory recipes. I often have to substitute it because Mr. Pie won't eat squash. :roll:


    Sweet potato pie works, too!
  • Post #50 - November 20th, 2009, 4:40 pm
    Post #50 - November 20th, 2009, 4:40 pm Post #50 - November 20th, 2009, 4:40 pm
    Dominicks has the small Libby cans on sale right now, 2 for $3. The Countryside/Indian Head Park store had plenty, but I did see signs up advising people to buy it now, as it won't last
  • Post #51 - November 20th, 2009, 11:27 pm
    Post #51 - November 20th, 2009, 11:27 pm Post #51 - November 20th, 2009, 11:27 pm
    Waiting for a PACE bus home tonight at the Howard St. "El" terminal I stopped-in at Dominick's (Howard & Clark) to pick-up several items and there was, just inside the door to the store, a display of a couple hundred cans of Libby's pumpkin.
  • Post #52 - November 23rd, 2009, 5:09 pm
    Post #52 - November 23rd, 2009, 5:09 pm Post #52 - November 23rd, 2009, 5:09 pm
    Tony's on Elston (north of Irving Park) - no Pumpkin

    Dominick's at Blemont and Cumberland - In the baking aisle. $1.50/can w/ their discount card. (This is twice what I paid last year)
  • Post #53 - November 23rd, 2009, 7:54 pm
    Post #53 - November 23rd, 2009, 7:54 pm Post #53 - November 23rd, 2009, 7:54 pm
    $1.69 today at Fresh Farms.
  • Post #54 - December 9th, 2009, 11:24 am
    Post #54 - December 9th, 2009, 11:24 am Post #54 - December 9th, 2009, 11:24 am
    grits wrote:
    Chitown B wrote:sounds good thanks :)

    so no pumpkin pie spice or the like?
    No, just curry for me in the soup. Maybe some nutmeg. Now when I'm doing pumpkin bread I do all kinds of spices (allspice, mace, cinnamon, nutmeg).


    I also make my pumpkin soup with only curry, pepper and a few grates of nutmeg. I also always add a generous handful of dried porcini mushrooms (and the reconstituting liquid) to the soup.
  • Post #55 - March 27th, 2010, 10:06 am
    Post #55 - March 27th, 2010, 10:06 am Post #55 - March 27th, 2010, 10:06 am
    So, I'm itching to make pumpkin doughnuts this weekend but I can't find canned pumpkin anywhere (Whole foods, Trader Joe's, Harvestime, Aldi or Jewel). I know it's out of season. I was able to find canned butternut squash and pumpkin butter. Anyone have an idea of how to recipe adjust for a cup of canned pumpkin?
    Thanks,
    Becca
  • Post #56 - March 27th, 2010, 1:04 pm
    Post #56 - March 27th, 2010, 1:04 pm Post #56 - March 27th, 2010, 1:04 pm
    Canned butternut squash should measure the same as canned pumpkin. Are pumpkins still available fresh? You can puree your own, but that will take forever. Did you try produce markets like Fresh Farms and such?
    I want to have a good body, but not as much as I want dessert. ~ Jason Love
    There is no pie in Nighthawks, which is why it's such a desolate image. ~ Happy Stomach
    Read "Cooking for One" at Literary Orphans via my author page.

    Late-Nite Eats Database
  • Post #57 - March 27th, 2010, 4:22 pm
    Post #57 - March 27th, 2010, 4:22 pm Post #57 - March 27th, 2010, 4:22 pm
    Hi,

    FYI - CAnned pumpkin from Libby's is really a Dickinson squash.

    Historically, squash/pumpkin pie was made from whatever squash/pumpkin grown in the area. It could just as easily be made from acorn squash.

    The only difference between the squash is moisture content. I suggest letting it sit in a sieve to drain. I learned this when I made pumpkin from scratch a few years ago.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

    "You'll be remembered long after you're dead if you make good gravy, mashed potatoes and biscuits." -- Nathalie Dupree
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  • Post #58 - March 27th, 2010, 6:09 pm
    Post #58 - March 27th, 2010, 6:09 pm Post #58 - March 27th, 2010, 6:09 pm
    Thanks for the tips. I'm going to use the canned squash.
  • Post #59 - March 27th, 2010, 6:28 pm
    Post #59 - March 27th, 2010, 6:28 pm Post #59 - March 27th, 2010, 6:28 pm
    I'm still sitting on all the canned pumpkin I loaded up on during the great canned pumpkin shortage of '09! I have got to get out my loaf pans, get off my duff, and bake some pumpkin bread soon.
    "things like being careful with your coriander/ that's what makes the gravy grander" - Sondheim
  • Post #60 - March 28th, 2010, 3:57 pm
    Post #60 - March 28th, 2010, 3:57 pm Post #60 - March 28th, 2010, 3:57 pm
    Thanks for the inspiration, I now have Pumpkin Spice cookies cooling on racks in my kitchen :)
    (also using up the canned pumpkin I bought in the fall)
    Leek

    SAVING ONE DOG may not change the world,
    but it CHANGES THE WORLD for that one dog.
    American Brittany Rescue always needs foster homes. Please think about helping that one dog. http://www.americanbrittanyrescue.org

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