I know some of you might be carving pumpkins this weekend- we just did this today with our Girl Scout troop.
I thought I would put together a little list of tips you might try to help preserve your pumpkins. Hopefully one of these options will work for you to keep that hard work looking great through Halloween.
- Soak pumpkin in water 1-2 hours. You can also add 1 teaspoon bleach per gallon of water. You can omit the bleach but the results won’t last quite a long.
- Brush Vinegar and Lemon Juice on the outside of pumpkin (add 2 tablespoons white vinegar and 1 teaspoon lemon juice to a quart of water).
- Rub petroleum jelly on the inside and carved parts of pumpkin. This is supposed to keep the insides from drying out and changing its shape. This is a great option for smaller pumpkins. Just lightly rub the petroleum jelly on it shouldn’t be a thick coating.
- Coat the inside with white glue or vegetable oil to prevent shriveling.
- Small packets of silica gel (that come with shoes and such) can be placed inside a carved pumpkin to help keep it dry and mold free.
- Keep out of direct sunlight and move to basement, garage or other cool area if it’s going to be very warm.
- Use a battery operated candle if you plan on lighting up your pumpkin more than once. Heat shortens the life of a pumpkin.