Pumpkin Preservation: Rule #1 At the Patch

Preserving a Carved PumpkinEvery year, I get a LOT of questions about the same thing, “How do I preserve my pumpkin carving?” So, rather than addressing each question individually and not sleeping for the next three weeks, I thought I would just share with everyone! Over the next few days, I’ll share with you my rules for Pumpkin Preservation and what I do when it comes to preserving my own pumpkin carvings. I’ll also let you know what not to do. Let’s get started!

Rule #1 At the Patch:

The type of pumpkin you choose has a lot to do with how fast it will rot once it’s carved. When I choose a pumpkin, I feel the surface and thump it. Yes, I’m the crazy lady at the store or patch knocking on pumpkins! If I want a carving to last, I choose one that practically hurts my knuckles when I knock! It may almost sound like you’re knocking on a door. Press on a few areas of the pumpkin. Does it have a little give? This pumpkin shell is a little softer. It means that although it will be much easier to carve (esp. for newbies!), the softer shell won’t hold up as long once it’s carved and will rot much more quickly. (Warning: If you find a super soft or squishy spot, the pumpkin could be rotting from the inside out! Put it back and choose something else!) So,

Softer shell = much easier to carve (esp. for newbies!), lasts about 1 to 3 days carved

Harder Shell = harder to carve (some feel like carving a rock!), last about 3-7 days carved

Stay tuned for tomorrow’s blog about how the type of carving pattern you choose affects the life of your pumpkin: Rule #2 It’s All In the Details.

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