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Oct 20

What Will You Do with Your Pumpkin Carving Leftovers?

Posted on October 20, 2017 at 1:30 PM by Wendy Jorgensen

Pumpkin CarvingCarving pumpkins is a time-old tradition and a fun Halloween project that many of us like to partake in. But what do you do with all the left-over flesh and seeds? Here are four uses you can get out of your pumpkins!

  1. Roast Your Pumpkin Seeds
    Pumpkin seeds are full of essential nutrients like magnesium and potassium and are a good source of protein. They also make a tasty snack!

    Before you start baking, separate the seeds from the pulp and wash them off in a colander. Then place them on an oiled baking sheet, season them to your liking and bake them at 300 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. There are a variety of ways to flavor your pumpkin seeds. Salty, sweet, savory, spicy, you name it. Get creative!

  2. Bake, Cook or Freeze Your Pumpkin
    The most obvious use, of course, would be to use pumpkin as the main ingredient in your dishes and baked goods. There are countless recipes for pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pasta with pumpkin sauce and much more. 

    If you find yourself with too many left-over pumpkins on your hands, you can easily freeze it for holiday recipes later in the year. Just dice up your pumpkin, mash or puree it, then place it in a container and pop it in the freezer. 

  3. Make a Pumpkin Face Mask
    Pumpkin is rich in vitamins A and C which will help soften skin and reduce signs of aging. It is also packed with natural fruit enzymes and alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), which will exfoliate and hydrate the skin, as well as speed up cell production. This makes it perfect for the cold and dry months.

    To make this skin treatment, simply dice up some pumpkin and puree it until smooth. After that, you can mix it with whatever natural skin care ingredients you like. Honey and yogurt would be great additions.

  4. Pocket Compost Your Leftover Pumpkin
    You can also compost your left-over pumpkins like you would normally or you can pocket compost them. To do this, start by digging a hole in your soil about 10 to 15 inches deep. Place your left-over pumpkins scraps in the hole, along with whatever else that is compostable and completely bury it so animals won’t dig it up. 

    You should wait 7 to 10 days before planting in your soil. By then your soil will be aerated, microbes will have broken down to improve your soil and as it is a welcoming treat for earth worms they will have left behind nitrogen rich castings.

We would like to know all your ideas on different ways to use pumpkins! Let us know in the comment section below or share it with us on Facebook.

Thanks from all of us at Texas Pure Products!

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