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Pumpkin Carving Tips

October 22, 2013

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A couple weeks ago, my sister and niece joined Ruby and me for a trip to the local pumpkin patch, and we carved our brand new squashes that night. Last weekend we were out of town visiting family, and we returned to rotten pumpkins on the step. Gross. The sloppy, moldy messes that our Jack O’ Lanterns had become could have been prevented if I had just come across this article a bit earlier. This guy performed a full on experiment several years ago, testing every possible pumpkin preservative on the market (including vinegar, vaseline, and clear spray paint, among many others), and after ten days, concluded that Clorox Clean Up with Bleach is the golden ticket to long lasting carved pumpkins.

Then, today, I read a little tip here that really made me wonder why we have all been doing everything wrong for our entire lives. Instead of cutting a hole around the stem of your pumpkin, cut a hole in the bottom. Then you can just set the finished Jack O’ Lantern right over your candle without that crazy moment where you burn your palm trying to set it in from the top. OF COURSE. Read the full blog post to also check out the totally charming pumpkin carving tools she recommends.

This blog recommends sprinkling cinnamon, nutmeg, or other spices inside the carved pumpkin. Their yummy fall scent will be released when the candle inside warms up, spreading the aroma around your porch or home. What a clever idea!

And the most important tip of all? Have a great time–listen to Monster Mash, pretend to throw pumpkin innards at your kids, and for goodness’ sake, cut away from your body when you carve.

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