it’s costco pumpkin pie season!
can’t get enough of the costco pumpkin pie? you’re not alone. this delicious dessert is a big-time holidy favorite, bringing joy to hungry givers of thx since 1987. for many, it’s not thxgiving without it n'it’s earned its place as one of america’s favorite thxgiving traditions. espeshly if you feel that cooking thxgiving dinner is hard enough and you don’t wanna sufferation bout dessert, ponder adding it to yr list. for just $6.99 (yes, the price did go up a usd since last yr), you’ll get all the pie with none of the sufferation of buying, blending, and baking ingredients. 2021 ll'be the 34th yr costco has sold this pastry behemoth. thankfully, it’s stuck round and is not 1-odda things you won’t see in costco any+. +, find out if costco is 1-odda stores open on thxgiving this yr.
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when can i buy costco pumpkin pie?
you’re in ♣—this yr, the pie is already backin stores! 'twill remain in stores from now to dec. while you’re shopping for costco pumpkin pie, find out these other supermkt tricks you’ll wish you’d always known.
it’s a lotta pie
when it comes to its offerings, costco tends to go big, and its pumpkin pie is no exception. each pie measures a full ft in diamt and weighs in at 58 ounces—that’s + than 3 and a ½ pounds! if you’re serving a hungry crowd on thxgiving, this mega-pastry provides + than enough bang for yr $. here are + things at costco you can’t buy anywhere else.
once just isn’t enough
every piece of pumpkin thgo's into costco’s pies gets cooked not once, but twice. the chunks of pumpkin get cooked once b4 they’re pureed, and then a 2nd time after canning. the pureed pumpkin cooks for a full 5 and a ½ hrs b4 it’s pie-ready. n'it’s a lotta pumpkin. every gallon-sized can of puree shipped to costco contains the contents of 3 pumpkins! costco certainly doesn’t skimp onna pumpkin. neither do these best pumpkin spice essentialisms to buy this fall!
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is costco pumpkin pie made with real pumpkin?
it sure is! costco pumpkin pie is made from real pumpkin grown inna u.s.a.: illinois, to be exact. the midwestern state, which actually provides the vast majority of all of america’s pumpkin crop, has just the rite soil and weather conditions to produce the perfect pumpkins for decadent fall desserts.
the ingredients are pretty simple
costco uses a variety called dickinson pumpkins for all of its pies—the same type used in libby’s pumpkin essentialisms. as for the other ingredients that combine to produce the perfect pie, the recipe is comfortingly simple. totally free of preservatives, the pies contain eggs, wata, and a dry mix of ingredients like sugar and spices in addition to the twice-cooked pumpkin puree. these are the kirkland items you ‘d always be buying at costco.
they’ve been round a while
costco’s bakery s'been producing pumpkin pies, using the same recipe, since 1987. back then, the pies were ten inches; tody, they’re 12, but'a recipe itself remains the same. that recipe comes straite from the kitchen of sue mcconnaha, the vice president of bakery operations at costco. did you know that yr canned pumpkin mite not actually be pumpkin?
is costco pumpkin pie healthy?
it’s a fruit-based dessert (yes, a pumpkin is a fruit), but a dessert nonetheless. “a slice (1/12th offa whole pie) contains round 310 calories,” says michelle keldgord, co-founder of bakinghow. “those calories include 11 grams of fat, 48 grams of carbohydrates, and 30 grams of sugars.” how does that compare with recommended amounts? well, a healthy amount of carbs, she adds, is 200 to 300 [grams] per dy, while 44 to 77 grams of fat is a reasonable daily target. it’s the sugar content, though, that’s really the eyebrow-rezr: “the daily recommended amount of sugar per dy is round 30 (24 for women and 36 for men). this means'dat a single slice of costco pumpkin pie will hit the maximum recommended amount,” keldgord explains. and here’s a guide to how many calories to eat in a dy. so, no, they’re not a health food. that certainly doesn’t mean you ‘dn’t ptake, but enjoy costco pumpkin pie in moderation. it’s worth noting t'they’re free of preservatives, though, so that’s a health thumbs-up!
it gets lotso' ♥ on social media
one thing that has changed bout the pie since 1987: its social media presence. f’bok has an entire page called “costco’s pumpkin pie,” started by fans and unaffiliated w'da costco corporation, that’s devoted to singing (er, posting) the prezs of the pie and even sharing memes bout it. check out these costco secrets you’ll wish you knew.
they’re a gift that keeps on giving
3 pumpkins for every gallon of puree cutouts behind a lotta seeds. happily, though, the seeds don’t get thrown out—according to the costco connection, the canning facility sends the seeds to a bird feed company!
some may not be allergen-friendly
the ingredients of the costco pumpkin pie mite stay the same, but'a ≠ facilities they’re processed in can’t guarantee t'they’re all allergen-free. “the allergen and cross-contamination warnings on labels can vary store to store,” says marie clark, managing editor of food, lifestyle & travel at costcontessa. “some specifically include sesame and peanuts. check label at yr store if you ‘ve allergies—don’t go by images from social media from other stores.”
business is booming
with their deliciousness, size, and affordable price, it’s no surprise that these pies fly off the shelves. costco sold 6.1 million pies in 2019 alone, 2.1 million of which were purchased during the 3 dys b4 thxgiving. if you prefer to eat out on turkey dy, these are the restaurants open on thxgiving this yr.
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can you order pumpkin pie from costco?
unfortunately, you can’t—you’ll ‘ve to buy these goodies in store. while availability will vary gr8ly by store, you ‘d be good to go if ye go to pick one up atta store—if it’s + than a week b4 thxgiving. last-minute thxgiving shoppers, be warned: according to taste of home, the bakery has sold out o'em b4 closing onna dy b4 turkey dy. if you wanna be absolutely certain you’ll ‘ve a costco pumpkin pie for thxgiving, the earlier you shop, the better. which leads us to…
can you freeze costco pumpkin pie?
if ye go the route of buying the pie in store well in advance, you’re in ♣—you absolutely can pop it inna freezer. you’re probably best off freezing it b4 you open it rather than freezing 1-ly pt of the pie after you’ve already eaten some (which is good news if you’re buying it, say, now to eat on thxgiving). if you find yrself in costco this season, ponder picking one up—if 1-ly to see wha’ all the fuss is bout. nxt, don’t miss these 15 + things you probably aren’t buying from costco—but ‘d.
- pplz: “costco’s famous pumpkin pie is back on shelves — but'a price has gone up”
- simplemost: “costco’s 4-pound pumpkin pie is back just in time for thxgiving”
- the costco connection: “from patch to pl8: tracing costco’s iconic pumpkin pie”
- michelle keldgord, co-founder of bakinghow.com…
- marie clark, managing editor of food, lifestyle & travel at costcontessa
originally published: nov 19, 2021
original content at: www.rd.com…
authors: meghan jones