Carving a pumpkin is a harvest season rite of passage, but it can also be quite a messy production when not done correctly. Here is a step by step guide on how to best carve that round orange pumpkin you just picked from the patch.
1. With a marker draw a a circle or hexagon around the stem end of the pumpkin large enough to fit your hand in.
2. Use a knife or pumpkin carving tool to make a back and forth slicing motion along the line you drew in step one.
3. Lift up the stem end you just carved, removing all seeds an pulp. You can save the seeds later to roast them, which I will provide a recipe for below
4. Next, use a large spoon or ladle to scoop the “guts” from the pumpkin, this might take a little bit of work; make sure the spoon is sturdy enough to handle getting the pumpkin hallowed out. Don’t forget to save those seeds!
5. Now it is time to get creative, which might make some of you want to go back to step four, but don’t fret. Nowadays there are plenty of easy to use stencils which will help you carve out the perfect Halloween scene. Make sure the design allows you plenty of space to carve through; the smaller, more intricate the design the harder it is and you will most likely need to help of additional pumpkin carving tools.
6. Push the carved pieces out from in the inside of the pumpkin
7. Once you are done and your pumpkin is clean, place a lit votive safely inside the pumpkin and you have created that perfect Halloween feel.
With the seeds you have saved you can roast them to create a nice salty treat to counteract all of those candy corns. I found this one from simplyrecipes.com:
You will need only the seeds from your pumpkin, salt and olive oil.
1. Preheat the oven at 400 degrees
2. In a small saucepan, add the seeds to water, about 2 cups of water to every half cup of seeds. Add a half tablespoon of salt for every cup of water (more if you like your seeds saltier). Bring to a boil. Let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain.
3. Spread about a tablespoon of olive oil over the bottom of a roasting pan. Spread the seeds out over the roasting pan, all in one layer. Bake on the top rack until the seeds begin to brown, 10-20 minutes. When browned to your satisfaction, remove from the oven and let the pan cool on a rack. Let the seeds cool all the way down before eating. Either crack to remove the inner seed (a lot of work and in my opinion, unnecessary) or eat whole.
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