You Can (and Should) Use Canned Pumpkin
It can sometimes feel like cheating to use canned foods instead of fresh, but in the case of pumpkin, it's OK.
If you're big on DIY, you might get a kick out of puréeing your own pumpkin. But as the holiday season starts to get underway, that can take more time than you have to spare. Plus, the texture and consistency can vary greatly from pumpkin to pumpkin.
Using canned pumpkin purée can be a great way to get consistently tasty results, and in no time at all. However, even when canned, not all purées are considered equal — some taste much better than others. You can never go wrong with Libby's, often considered the best-tasting canned pumpkin. Not to mention it's available just about anywhere.