How to Keep Your Pumpkin from Rotting
Pumpkins are produce so it is impossible to keep them from rotting, but we can take steps before and after purchase to help our pumpkins last longer. We want our pumpkin to be spooky, not ugly. Use these simple steps to keep your pumpkin perfect long past Halloween.
Pick the Perfect Pumpkin:
- Shop locally- The fresher the pumpkin, the longer it will last. Picking your pumpkin right from the patch is ideal, but not always possible if you live in the city.
- Check for blemishes – Give your pumpkin a good once over before you purchase it. Be sure your pumpkin if free of any visible marks or blemishes before you buy it.
- Feel for soft spots – Even if the pumpkin looks blemish free, it can be starting to rot on the inside. feel for bruises or soft spots.
Now that you have the perfect pumpkin, it is time to clean and seal it to ensure it stays that way!
Clean and Seal:
- Clean the exterior of the pumpkin with a damp cloth.
- Fill a spray bottle with this bleach solution = 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water.
- Carve your pumpkin. Use one of these FREE Pumpkin Carving Templates
- After carving, spray all the carved areas of the pumpkin and thoroughly spray the inside as well. This will kill the surface bacteria that can cause rotting.
- Allow the bleach solution to penetrate and dry for appoximately 20 minutes
- Once dry, rub all of the carved surfaces with petroleum jelly. This keeps new bacteria out and reduces dehydration (wrinkled pumpkin face).
- Wipe away excess petroleum jelly with a paper towel.
To further prevent your pumpkin form getting a case of the uglies, keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight. Place the pumpkin in a cool, dry spot (above freezing).
Or avoid the carving altogether, and try one of these 11 No Carve Ways to Decorate Your Pumpkin.
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