Get an early start on creative, tasty Halloween
Although Halloween is still three weeks away, people are beginning to purchase their pumpkins now for fall decorations.
With that in mind, I thought I’d share some tips on traditional pumpkin carving sooner rather than later.
To begin with, level off the bottom of your pumpkin with a serrated knife so it will sit straight.
1) After opening your pumpkin, scrape the interior clean with a metal spoon. Save the seeds for eating. The pumpkin “guts” tend to really bother my daughter’s skin, so we use plastic gloves that go up past her elbows when she cleans out her pumpkins.
2) If you’re carving an elaborate design, draw it first on paper. Tape the design to the pumpkin and use a pin to poke tiny holes through the paper and into the rind. When you remove the paper, the pattern will be visible and ready to cut, without any telltale ink marks. You can purchase a pumpkin carving kit at the local stores that will help make this job easier.
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