Halloween And Carved Pumpkins
As the end of October is approaching and Halloween is knocking on our doors, we all welcome it with beautifully carved pumpkins, right in front of our porch.
There are so many ideas on the net you can choose from, and it is really great family fun time while making carved pumpkins.
And of course, everyone wants to make their work of art to last longer than usual.
The question is – how to do it?
When You Should Buy A Pumpkin
Well, the first thing you want to know is when you should buy your pumpkin.
- The best time to pick a pumpkin is within a week of when you plan to carve it, so it can remain fresh longer and during the holiday as well.
- Always look for larger ones, and a bit heavier with unblemished skin, and be sure to avoid the sign of an older pumpkin: a dry and brittle stem.
- It is preferable to look for a fresh and green stem that’s about 3-5 inches long.
- If you want to test the quality of the pumpkin, simply press your fingernail into the flesh. If it’s difficult to do it, the pumpkin is ready, but if you can pierce it easily, it’s not ripe yet.
- Avoid the ones with visible blemishes, cracks, or soft spots, and also check the bottom of the pumpkin, too.
Where To Store It
Once you’ve picked the right pumpkin, the way you store it will determine how long it will last.
It is recommended to store it in a cool and dry bedroom (under the bed is good), or in a cellar, with a temperature around 50 degrees Fahrenheit.
Avoid putting it in a sunny window, because the warm temperature coming from direct sunlight will cause to decay quickly.
Carved pumpkins have longer life if you don’t leave them on a direct sunlight or at any sunny spot whatsoever.
How Long Do They Last
If you want carved pumpkins to last longer, do them a few days before the Halloween Eve (usually 3 days before).
How long your carved pumpkins last will depend only on the temperature, and if the weather is cooler, they may look good for about a week or so.
Preservation Of Carved Pumpkins
Use Plastic Wraps
If you have decided to carve your pumpkin earlier, you can preserve it by wrapping it in plastic wrap and refrigerate it when you are not showing it off.
Get Outside Cleaning Before Carving It
Because this helps prevent bacteria from entering before you’ve finished carving. Gently wash the outside of the pumpkin with lukewarm soapy water, and make sure your carving tools are clean.
Scrap The Inside
By doing so, you’ll remove all of inside parts prone to mold and decay. Use sharp tools that will create cleaner cuts, which in return will help the “last longer” process.
Usually, ragged edges provide more surface area for decay – causing bacteria to settle in and soften the pumpkin.
It is good idea to put a thin layer of petroleum jelly onto the carved parts of the pumpkin. It will keep the moisture in and it will serve as a protective layer, preventing the pumpkin to dry out.
Give It Some Ice Bath
What happens if your pumpkin starts to shrivel before the holiday?
Give it a good ice bath with small amount bleach added, but before doing that, make sure you have removed any lights or electronics before dunking it into the ice bath.
Why is this good?
Because such quick dip helps deter mold growth and brings pumpkins back into life again.
As you can see, there are some methods to preserve your work of art to last longer and to show it off to your neighbors more than usual
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