Wondering what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween? There are many ways to save your halloween pumpkins for November activities.
HOW TO PRESERVE PUMPKINS
Pumpkins are actually a shockingly easy vegetable to preserve and use all year long. There’s a reason why Pumpkin is the harvest vegetable that reigns almighty in the fall but the fun doesn’t have to come to an end the day after Halloween.
Actually there are many ways that you can extend the life and value of your halloween pumpkins well into November for later use by preserving them.
If you choose to preserve your pumpkin after the halloween festivities it’s important to bring it in at the end of the trick or treating so that it doesn’t get hit with a cold frost. ( or worse end up thrown on the road or your house!)
Also if you’re going to preserve your pumpkin then use a battery operated tea light inside instead of a candle. Preserving a pumpkin that has wax and soot on the inside flesh of the pumpkin is not healthy or recommended. (Shocking, I know! )
Learn how to make pumpkin puree at home from scratch with this beyond easy method for turning your jack o lanterns and festive fall decor into a tasty preserved baking ingredient you’ll use all winter long!
Pumpkin Hand Pies are an easy fall treat! Made with pumpkinpuree, sweetened condensed milk and an all butter pie crust for a perfect fall dessert! Make them ahead of time and freeze for sweet fall lunch treats.
These tasty, pumpkin oatmeal chocolate chip cookies are a must bake for the fall season. Enjoy the chewy goodness of oatmeal with the popular festival flavour of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and cloves for a cookie sure to please all with the addition of chocolate chips.
Roasting Pumpkin seeds is an absolute must when dealing with your pumpkins this year. Save the seeds when carving your Jack-O-Lanterns and enjoy this healthy crunchy snack by following this super easy step-by step guide to roast pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkins are a great treat for chickens. They are safe to eat and have many benefits for your animals. Find cheap and even free pumpkins to feed your animals this fall. Learn more about why chickens and your livestock love pumpkins just as much as we do in this post.
SAVE SEEDS FOR NEXT YEARS GARDEN
Just rinse seeds and place on a dry paper towel. Space out the seeds so that they won’t stick to one another. Then place in a cool dry spot for one week, once the seeds are dry store in packet and label for next year.
There you go, 6 of my favourite things to do with my pumpkins after halloween. Other things could include lining them up and shooting them, smashing them when having a bad day or putting it on your head and scaring your neighbour.
BUT if you know me I like to get the most out of the food we grow here on the farm and such ideas although fun or funny would make me horribly sad. Just think of how many calories of delicious pie you’d be wasting.
Happy November Ya’ll!
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