Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Forbes Living TV on What to Do with All Those Pumpkins

Almost every store and street corners has a seller with a patch size amount of pumpkins to see. Some are large and some are small. Forbes Living TV shares the differences in pumpkins and what we can do with them.

Those really big pumpkins are the ones we grab to carve and light up for Halloween. They are also pumpkins to paint faces on. Cut off the stem at the top. Scoop out the pulp and seeds and sketch the face to be carved or painted. Add a small light inside for an scary sight. Carved pumpkins usually last about a week to 8 days. Once the inside is cleaned out and the face carved, spray the inside with a bleach solution and rub petroleum jelly on the cut edges to keep it fresh longer.

The pulp and seeds from a pumpkin can be eaten and if needed, frozen. If a pumpkin will be used for baking, cut it in half length-wise. Scoop out the pulp and seeds and cut off the stem. Place both halves face down in a roasting dish and bake for about and 90 minutes. Take out and let it cool. Then scoop the flesh out and puree it to use for soups, breads, smoothies and more.

Separate the seeds from the pulp, rinse and dry thoroughly and then spread on a cookie sheet sprayed with oil. Toss them around it and then bake them until crispy. Sprinkle salt and other seasonings on them for a cool fall treat.

Forbes Living TV also suggests using the pulp for facials, masks and soothing soaks. Pumpkins are plentiful right now. Be sure to grab a few large and smaller ones to decorate at and use around the home.

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