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Keeping Your Pumpkins Fresh

How to Keep a Halloween Pumpkin Fresh

  • Choose pumpkins that are very fresh and firm, avoiding any that may have bruised or soft areas, as well as any that have cuts or other visible blemishes.
  • Store cut or uncut pumpkins in a cool dry place to keep them fresh longer.
  • Warm weather and hot sunlight can speed decay in a pumpkin. If you live in a hot climate be sure to store your uncut pumpkins in a cool spot and wait to carve them until a day or two before Halloween.
  • Once a pumpkin is carved, cover it with plastic for a day or two to help keep moisture in the pumpkin.
  • Smaller cut pumpkins can be wrapped in plastic and stored inside the refrigerator for a few days before Halloween helpful if you are having a party and need to carve them ahead.
  • Shriveled cut pumpkin can sometimes be revived temporarily by soaking it in a bucket of cool water for several hours, then draining thoroughly.
  • Coat all cut edges of a pumpkin, as well as the entire interior, with a small paintbrush dipped in petroleum jelly. This is the best way to reduce moisture loss and keep a pumpkin looking fresh longer.
  • Heat from electric light bulbs and candles can also contribute to the early demise of a pumpkin. Try cutting a hole in the top of the pumpkin, allowing heat to escape.
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