29 Oct

After Halloween Pumpkins - What to Do With Your Leftover Jack-o-lantern

After Halloween Pumpkins - What to Do With Your Leftover Jack-o-lantern

Halloween is just around the corner - have you thought about what to do with the jack-o-lantern and extra pumpkins after October 31st?  Most likely the best known use of pumpkin is for pumpkin pie, but it can be used in a variety of different recipes.  Consider using it in healthy recipes like soup or roast some in the oven.  Did you know that pumpkin is high in beta-carotene which is a powerful anti-oxidant?  It’s also a fantastic source of fiber and contains potassium, vitamin C and vitamin K.  Pumpkins are easy to toss in the compost, but consider some of the ideas listed below.

  • Make pumpkin puree to use for pies, muffins, breads and soups.  If you don’t want to use it now, it can be frozen for later.
  • Make vegetable stock with the guts.
  • Create a pumpkin bird feeder.
  • Roast pumpkin seeds.
  • Make pumpkin butter.
  • Pickle pumpkin rind.
  • Create a pumpkin flower pot.
  • Use pumpkin puree for a face mask or body scrub.
  • Save for Thanksgiving decorations.

Here’s how to make a pumpkin bird feeder:

  • Cut top part of pumpkin off and scoop out the seeds, but leave about 1/2 inch of pumpkin.
  • Cut a ½ inch deep groove in the rim and then push the pumpkin seeds into the rim.
  • Poke holes into the pumpkin skin using a skewer or sharp knife and push twigs and sticks into them for perches.  Knot two lengths of twine or string together in the center and tack the knot of both lengths to the bottom of the pumpkin feeder.
  • Fill with seed.

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