A MONTHLY PUBLICATION • OCT 2018
Think Outside the Jack-O’-Lantern:
Five Ways to Use All Your Pumpkins
Carving jack-o’-lanterns is an obvious way to use the pumpkins you get at the patch this month—but don’t stop there. Pumpkins are a versatile gourd that you can have all kinds of fun with. Here are five other ways to take advantage of this seasonal favorite.
Carve a cooler. Throwing a party? Slice off the top third of a large pumpkin. Scoop out the insides, smear Vaseline on the inside of the pumpkin and cover it with plastic wrap. Fill it with ice
and the beverages of your choice.
Or tap it. Perfect for your next football shindig: Hollow out a large pumpkin, and gently scrape a design or words (“Beer” or “Cider”) into the rind with the tip of a knife, not deeper than ¼ inch.
Poke a real tap (available at hardware and party supply stores) through the front. Add beer or cider
for a pumpkin-infused pour.
Make your own pumpkin purée. Skip the canned stuff and try this: Cut your pumpkin down the middle, then scoop out the guts and seeds. Place your pumpkin cut-side down in a baking
dish with a cup of water and bake for about 90 minutes or until the flesh is tender. Scoop out the
flesh and purée in a food processor. You can use the purée for everything from pies to pancakes,
Feed your skin. Pumpkins are rich in zinc and vitamins A, C and E, which makes it good for your skin. For an easy DIY face mask, mix five teaspoons of pumpkin purée with three teaspoons
of brown sugar (a natural exfoliant) and add a splash of milk. Mix it together and apply to your
face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for up to 20 minutes and rinse.
Roast the seeds. Separate the seeds from the guts, rinse thoroughly, coat with oil and popcorn salt, then bake in a single layer. Pumpkin seeds can be used as a crunchy outer layer of candied
apples, an addition to brownies or even garnishes for salads.
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