Pumpkins, pumpkins, everywhere. Nothing says "Halloween is coming!" quite like this beautiful orange squash. Most Halloween pumpkins go directly from doorstep to landfill and a quick Google search reveals that millions of tonnes of pumpkins are wasted every single year. The horror!
If you plan to carve a jack-o-lantern this year, this guide will help you make the most of your pumpkin, keeping it out of the landfill and in your tummy! It's easier than you might realize. From shopping, to carving, to cooking, making the most of your pumpkin is easier than you think.
This blog post is not a step by step on how to carve your pumpkin - it is a practical guide, written from experience, intended to make it as easy as possible for you to use up every last bit of your pumpkin!
GETTING YOUR PUMPKIN
1) Will you need a shopping bag? Don't forget to bring your reusable one!
2) Reduce your carbon footprint and support local: try your best to support a locally owned business that stocks locally grown pumpkins.
3) Pumpkins often come in great big cardboard boxes, and sometimes as you dig for that perfect pumpkin, you come across a rotting one. If this happens, please find a member of the staff and ask them to remove the rotting pumpkin and clean up any juices it has left in its wake. This will help ensure the rest of the pumpkins don't follow suit. You know what they say about one bad apple... the same is true of one bad pumpkin!
We've all seen those carving kits at the local dollar store. You know the ones I'm talking about: the tiny saw and spork with cheap plastic handles, the booklet full of designs you have no intention of using, all packed in small plastic bags inside a slightly bigger plastic bag, which all too many people carry out of the store in yet another plastic bag. They get used for one season, and then often thrown in the garbage (along with the pumpkin guts) once the masterpiece-o-lantern is complete. So. Much. Waste. Here are some easy waste-saving tips to help you choose the best tools for you.
1) Use what you have.
You don't need to buy specific tools to carve a great pumpkin! A large metal spoon is excellent for cleaning out your pumpkin, and a serrated blade is all you need to carve through the flesh.
2) Buy second-hand.
If you want smaller tools for a more detailed design, try to buy second hand first! Check thrift stores and be sure to look on your