Halloween is just around the corner! Time to decorate the house in spider webs, pick out a ghoulish costume and CARVE THOSE PUMPKINS! Here are a few tips!
Tip 1. Choose the right pumpkin.
The right pumpkin has a flat bottom so that it doesn’t roll all over the front porch. Select a fresh pumpkin with a solid stem and no bruising. Bruised pumpkins will likely have a short shelf life.
Tip 2: Cut at an angle.
Have you ever cut the top off of your pumpkin only to have to drop into the sticky, slimy mess? Avoid this ick by cutting your lid off at an angle.
Tip 3: Have the right tools.
One of the best tools for cutting the lid off a pumpkin is a keyhole saw. The sharp teeth on this saw can easily slice through a pumpkin’s thick shell, and the flexible blade is awesome for making curved cuts. Other useful carving tools include hole cutters, wood gauges and a power drill. Melon ballers or ice cream scoops are perfect for getting all that goopy pulp out.
Tip 4: Keep it fresh.
Nothing stinks more than spending oodles of time on a pumpkin only to have it rot away a few days later. To keep your carved masterpiece daisy fresh for Halloween, spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges. If it shrivels up, you can freshen it up by soaking it in cold water for up to 8 hours.
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