Pumpkins are favorites for pies, decorating and carving into jack-o-lanterns, but beyond these there are quite a few other things to do with them, even with the excess inside portions.
Check out the following easy ideas for using up pumpkin guts.
Saving the seeds and preserving them are a way to ensure that you will be able to start your own pumpkin crop next season. Simply rinse until clean, dry them out completely so that they don’t mold and store in an airtight container in a dark place until it’s time to plant.
The seeds are also a popular and healthy toasted snack. Just coat them with olive oil, spread out in a single layer on a baking sheet and bake in the oven at about 350° until they are almost dry. They can be tossed with spices before baking for a more roasted flavor, or sprinkled with seasonings when they come out of the oven.
A basic bread recipe that uses fresh pumpkin is pumpkin gut bread, and favorite ingredients like nuts, seeds, dried fruit or chocolate chips can be added in. For a crunchy snack try pumpkin seed candy.
For more food ideas check out 50 ways to use leftover pumpkin purée.
Pumpkins are also ideal for beauty treatments, as they are packed with vitamins. For an exfoliating scrub that can also be used as a facial mask mix up some excess pumpkin purée with brown sugar, honey and a splash of olive oil or a few drops of an essential oil. For a hair treatment, mix smashed pumpkin with an emollient rich oil like coconut and leave on for about 20 minutes, then rinse well.
Kids and pumpkins naturally go together. These 40 pumpkin activities combine crafts and educational projects with things like sensory art, pumpkin seed paintings and rotting science.
Pumpkins are a versatile food, and they can even make eliminating food waste fun.
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