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What to Do With Your Halloween Pumpkin?

You went to your local pumpkin patch, traipsed muddy fields, and chose just the right size and colored pumpkin for your prized jack-o-lantern. But now that Halloween is almost over, you may be wondering what you can do with your pumpkin after the holiday. There are other options besides dumping it into the trash. Let’s take a look at some of these options for your pumpkin.

Carved Pumpkins

Carved pumpkins tend to rot quickly. So if yours are rotting or beginning to, you will have to work fast to avoid a pile of goop on your porch. So what can you do with your carved pumpkin? You can compost it, bury it, or share it. Pumpkins are full of nutrients that make them a great addition to your compost pile. But before putting the pumpkins in the compost bin, make sure to get rid of the seeds or you will have baby pumpkins next spring. If you don’t have a compost pile, think about burying the pumpkin. Simply bury your jack-o-lantern in your garden and it will enrich the soil as it decays. The final option is to share your pumpkin. Pumpkins are not only nutritious, they are also delicious! Share this delicious snack with the animals near your home like squirrels, birds, deer or live stock. Place the pumpkin in a spot where you don’t mind animals being and let the feast commence.

Uncarved Pumpkins for Eating

If you didn’t have the heart or skill to carve up your pumpkin, then you have a ton of options for using your leftover pumpkin. If you used non-toxic paint or other non-toxic materials on the pumpkin, you can actually eat it! Try your hand at making pumpkin puree or eating the seeds. Pumpkin puree can be used to make your own pumpkin-spice latte or pumpkin pie. Simply cut your pumpkin into quarters then scoop out the seeds and guts with a spoon or ice cream scoop. Place your pumpkin face down and a baking dish and fill the dish with about a cup of water. Bake for 90 minutes or until the flesh is tender then scoop it out and puree it in a food processor or blender.

To make the seeds, you will need to wash and drain the seeds. The seeds should be dry before you put them in the oven so spread them out on a baking sheet and wait 24 hours before using them. In a large bowl, toss the pumpkin seeds with a ½ tablespoon of olive oil or melted coconut oil, two teaspoons of your favorite spice mixture or salt. Spread the pumpkin seeds evenly onto a baking sheet then bake for 20 minutes until the seeds are crisp. Make sure to shake the pan every few minutes to mix them a bit. Then they are good to eat!

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