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Picking Out Your Pumpkin

When you are picking out your pumpkin for pumpkin carving, there are a few things you want to consider. You want to get a good healthy pumpkin so that it will last throughout the holiday looking great!

You want to make sure that the pumpkin that you choose is free of punctures and soft spots. These are signs of early spoilage and you don’t want a spoiled pumpkin!

Be aware of the size of your pumpkin and keep in mind the design. If you are carving, you want to make sure that the face of the pumpkin is large enough for the design you have chosen. If its a more intricate design, youll also want to try to get a pumpkin that has a smooth surface to make it easier to guide the carving tool.

You can get your pumpkin at almost any grocery store. Costco is known for having rather large pumpkins for a great price if you are going for size! Its usually more fun to go to a pumpkin patch though. You can make a day of it with the family as most corn mazes have pumpkin patches too.

Designing Your Pumpkin

There are many ways to design a pumpkin rather than the traditional carving. There are many methods to carving alone, but you can also paint your pumpkin and decorate it with other things such as flowers, doilys, ribbon, and more! Check out these 40+ No Carve Pumpkin Ideas!

Carving Your Pumpkin

There are an unlimited amount of designs that you can choose for your pumpkin carving. You may buy kits at the store with tiny knifes and blades to help make the task easier, especially for more intricate designs.

First: Cut around the stem – make sure that the opening you choose is wide enough for your hand to fit through in order to gut the pumpkin.

Second: Spoon out all the fillings. Scrape the inside of the pumpkin to make sure that all the insides are out. Remember to save the seeds if you plan on baking pumpkin seeds! Here are some recipes!  

Third: Stick your design to the pumpkin.

Fourth: Use a tooth pick or poker tool to out line the lines with small holes.

Fifth: Remove the design and start carving with your carving tools.

Sixth: Admire your great work!

Check out this video of how to carve a pumpkin for beginners!

Preserving Your Pumpkin

Your pumpkin, once gutted, will only last a few days. There are a few tricks in order to preserve the pumpkin. One of these is to submerge your pumpkin entirely in white vinegar. You may also spray WD-40 on it or rub Vaseline on the edges where you carved. Another popular idea is to dip the pumpkin in bleach water.This will help keep the moisture locked in so that your pumpkin doesn’t dry out too soon.

Watch the video below to see what preservation method works the best! You might be surprised!

Pumpkin Carving History

Pumpkin carving is from the Irish. Before pumpkin carving, jack-o’-lanterns were made from turnips & potatoes and the tradition was eventually brought to America. When they reached America, they realized pumpkins worked the best and it took off from there. The tradition comes from the Irish myth about a man named “Stingy Jack”. The summary of the story is that Stingy Jack played a trick on the Devil, and then tricked him again in a way to convince him not to take his soul. When Jack could not get into heaven or hell, the devil gave him only a burning coal to light his way. Jack put the coal into a carved turnip and has been roaming the earth ever since. People have since been putting the carved jack-o’-lanterns on their porches in order to scare away Stingy Jack & other wandering evil spirits!

Check out the video below for the whole tale!

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