Pumpkin picking, preserving, cooking and recipes
Pumpkin picking, preserving, cooking and recipes

6 PUMPKIN PICKING TIPS

 

1 Firm and Fresh

Apply pressure to the bottom of the pumpkin with your thumbs to test for firmness. A fresh pumpkin has a hard surface that will not dent or scratch easily.

2 Solid Skin

Check for cracks, splits, mold, and wrinkles on the pumpkin that would show damage or rotting.

3 Well-Attached Stem

The stem of a pumpkin protects it against pests and decay. A firmly attached stem is a sign on a healthy pumpkin.

4 Round or Oval Shaped

A round or oval shaped pumpkin is easier to carve.

5 Sits Flat

Set the pumpkin on a flat surface to make sure it will sit well outside your home.

6 Solid Coloring

A ripe pumpkin will be one consistent color. Partially green pumpkins are still maturing.

HOW TO PRESERVE PUMPKINS

 

Keep your pumpkin fresh once carved with a bleach solution and petroleum jelly to fight mold and dehydration. Here's what you'll need:

  1. One tablespoon Glo bleach
  2. One quart water
  3. Being Well petroleum jelly

 

Combine bleach and water into a spray bottle

 

Combine bleach and water into a spray bottle.

 

Spray the inside and all carved areas of the pumpkin

 

Spray the inside and all carved areas of the pumpkin.

 

Let sit for 20 minutes

 

Let sit for 20 minutes.

 

Rub all carved and cut surfaces of the pumpkin with petroleum jelly

 

Rub all carved and cut surfaces of the pumpkin with petroleum jelly.

 

 

HOW TO COOK A PUMPKIN

 

Once you have picked the perfect pumpkin, it's time to indulge in all things pumpkin flavored. Roast pumpkin seeds or make your own homemade pumpkin puree for any of our favorite pumpkin recipes below.

 

Pumpkin Seeds

Save the seeds when carving your pumpkin, or cut a whole pumpkin in half to scoop out the seeds. Separate the seeds from the pulp by rinsing the seeds and pulp in a large bowl. Repeat this process until most of the pulp has been removed. Fill the bowl with water and the pumpkin seeds will float to the top, leaving the pulp at the bottom. Drain the seeds in a colander and use our roasted pumpkin seeds recipe to make a classic, fall snack.

 

Pumpkin Puree

If you've picked your pumpkin for cooking instead of carving or decorating, you'll need to start with these 3 steps to make pumpkin puree:

 

Cut pumpkin in half to first scoop out the seeds

 

Cut pumpkin in half to first scoop out the seeds.

 

Bake skin-side up for 45-60 minutes on 350F

 

Bake skin-side up for 45-60 minutes on 350F.

 

Scrape out the pulp and mash. A food processor may be needed.

 

Scrape out the pulp and mash. A food processor may be needed.

 

 

 

BYOP: Bring Your Own Pumpkin!

Invite your family and friends over for a pumpkin carving party, and don't forget to BYOP!

 

Download and print out this invite!