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What You Didn’t Know About Costco’s $5.99 Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin pie season is upon us, and Costco has you covered.

It’s a lot of pie

Pumpkin pie with swirls of whipped cream on decorative plate. Whole pie in soft focus in background. Macro with shallow dof.Marie C Fields/Shutterstock

When it comes to its offerings, Costco tends to go big, and its pumpkin pie is no exception. Each pie measures a full foot in diameter and weighs in at 58 grams—that’s more than three and a half pounds! If you’re serving a hungry crowd on Thanksgiving, this mega-pastry provides more than enough bang for your buck. Especially if you feel that cooking Thanksgiving dinner is hard enough and you don’t want to stress about dessert, consider adding it to your list. For just $ 5.99, you’ll get all the pie with none of the stress of buying, blending, and baking ingredients.

Once just isn’t enough

Fresh pumpkin cut in pieces of a oven tray covered with herbs and spices.Alina Zamogilnykh/Shutterstock

Every piece of pumpkin that goes into Costco’s pies gets cooked not once, but twice. The chunks of pumpkin get cooked once before they’re pureed, and then a second time after canning. According to the Daily Meal, the pureed pumpkin cooks for a full five and a half hours before it’s pie-ready. And it’s a lot of pumpkin. Every gallon-sized can of puree shipped to Costco contains the contents of three pumpkins! Costco certainly doesn’t skimp on the pumpkin.

The pumpkins are grown in the U.S.A.

orange pumpkins at outdoor farmer market. pumpkin patch. Copy space for your textEvgeniiAnd/Shutterstock

Illinois, to be exact. The Midwestern state, which actually provides the vast majority of all of America’s pumpkin crop, has just the right soil and weather conditions to produce the perfect pumpkins for decadent fall desserts. Costco uses a variety called Dickinson pumpkins for all of its pies—the same type used in Libby’s pumpkin products. 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, water, and a dry mix of ingredients like sugar and spices in addition to the twice-cooked pumpkin puree. These are the Kirkland items you should always be buying at Costco.

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