Making The Carved Pumpkins Last, The Solution

Carving pumpkins has been a enjoyable time of year… It is always a great time to visit another local farm and go pick our pumpkins from the rows upon rows of all sorts of different pumpkins. Often, I can see what the pumpkin is going to look like when it sits in the field…

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The annual event is a sloppy, fun time for me as much as the kids. The works of art always sits outside our door for everyone to enjoy. However they didn’t last very long, until I learned a few ways to keep them longer, a  week longer….

1. Make a bleach solution of one tablespoon of bleach per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle.
2. Spray the pumpkin inside and all cut areas of the pumpkin with the solution.  This will kill much of the surface bacteria and mold that cause rotting.
3. Let it penetrate and dry for about 20 minutes
4. Next, rub all of the carved or cut surfaces with petroleum jelly. This will keep out new bacteria and molds as well as dramatically reduce the dehydration! Wipe away excess with a paper towel!
5. Now, keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and try to keep it as cool as possible but above freezing, and you should get at least a week’s more enjoyment out of it!

 

What do you think?