Happy fall, y’all! We are feelin’ oh-so festive and excited to get into the spirit of Halloween and harvest. If you visited the pumpkin patch or got a large pumpkin from the market, well…what are ya waitin’ for?! Let’s get that baby carved and ready for the evening of Halloween!
Pumpkins make some pretty and inexpensive decor for you porch and inside the home if ya ask us. Pumpkins are also so versatile (hello, pumpkin pie!) that we’re excited to feature these tips that you can refer to every year! Today we’re sharing 4 of our favorite pumpkin carving tips that will make your carving experience a simple one! Let’s get our hands dirty, y’all!
1) Pick a pumpkin with a stem:
Did ya know that the mighty pumpkin grow on vines and rest grown on the ground. The pumpkin’s stem is never meant to support the pumpkin’s weight so a pumpkin without a stem means it’s been mishandled like dropped (look out for bruises on the pumpkin too)- oh no! To ensure you’re getting the freshest pumpkin, pick one with a nice, thick, sturdy stem.
2) Leave the lid of the pumpkin on
If you bought a pumpkin days or weeks ago, that is a-ok! Pumpkins actually last a long time before they are craved. Since pumpkins are perishable, as soon as you open it up, it starts to decompose. Make sure you are carving close to the day of Halloween or whenever your festivities are! Leaving the top on the pumpkin can help the longevity of the pumpkin and keep unwanted critters out too.
Sweet tip! Try opening the pumpkin and gutting it from the bottom and not the top for a picture perfect pumpkin!
3) Skip the candles:
Saftey first, y’all! Sure, adding candles to dear ‘ol jack can look super spooky and smell lovely too but burning candles inside the pumpkin doesn’t help with the longevity with the pumpkin. Instead, there are options that don’t include heat and open flame. Try adding LED lights or a fake, flickering candle that has the same effect. Hav some fun: we recommend that you add a cinnamon stick or two into the pumpkin for a pumpkin pie smell!
4) Save the insides:
When you crack open a pumpkin, what do ya find? You find pulp and seeds, y’all! This is our favorite part because the insides of a pumpkin can be used instead of discarded in the trash! The options are really endless. Try some of these fall favorite ideas!
Y’all, all of this talk of pumpkin carving has us ready to sit back and take a quick rest to wet the whistle before go time! This time, we are taking a break with our sparkling sweet tea recipe that has surely become a fall favorite! Share these tips with your fellow pumpkin carving pals and have a Happy Halloween, y’all!