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Beyond Pumpkin Carving: A look at some unusual, and fun, ways to get more than a jack-o-lantern out of your Halloween pumpkin


3 Unique Ways to Use a Leftover Pumpkin

Jack-o-lanterns and festive centerpieces are just a few of the many functions for these beloved fall trademarks, but there are so many ways to enjoy these festive treats now and long after Halloween has come and gone!

Pumpkins have much more to offer than a friendly, crooked smile, so before you toss your craftsmanship into the trashcan, consider one of these tasty alternatives!

*Please keep in mind that these food applications are best used for un-carved pumpkins. Once a pumpkin has been carved and sat out for more than 24 hours, it could be unsafe to eat.*

1. Insides Out: Pumpkin Purée

Turning your pumpkin’s insides into a purée provides endless (and delicious) options for enjoying your Halloween treat well into Thanksgiving. Pumpkin purée can be used for all your favorite pumpkin recipes, from pies and pancakes to cocktails and butter. Excess purée lasts several months in the freezer, which means you can switch from canned pumpkin to the real-deal when Thanksgiving comes around. Simply scoop out the seeds, place the pumpkin halves cut side down on a baking sheet and roast the pumpkin at 325 degrees until it is completely tender inside, about 45 to 60 minutes. Then, scrape the pumpkin flesh off the skin and puree in a blender or food processor until smooth. Let cool and store in freezer until needed!

2. Needs for Seeds!

Roasted pumpkin seeds make a simple and tasty addition to just about all of your favorite treats! Just separate the seeds from the guts and rinse thoroughly before coating with oil, popcorn salt and baking in a single layer. Add a pinch of salt for classic roasted pumpkin seeds, or brown sugar and cinnamon for a sugary treat. Pumpkin seeds can also be used as a crunchy outer layer of candied apples, an addition to brownie batter or even garnishes for salads.

3. Pampered Up Pumpkin Facial

Not only are the zinc, vitamins A, C and E pumpkins pack good to eat, they’re good for the outside of your body too! Set aside some of that pumpkin purée for a healthy and fun DIY face mask. Mix pumpkin purée, brown sugar and a tiny splash of milk together, and then apply to your face in circular motions, avoiding the eye area. Relax and allow 20 minutes for the smell-good pumpkin bliss to work its magic!


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