Oh My Gourd: Getting the Most Out of Your Pumpkin

Pumpkin Carving

Aside from carving the traditional jack-o’-lantern, pumpkins can be a delicious addition to your diet and serve many purposes. Reduce waste with these creative ways to use your pumpkin this season.

  • Pumpkin purée is a versatile way to use your pumpkin. Once puréed, you can use it right away or freeze it for later. Pies, pancakes, coffee, butter, and chili are just a few ways to use your purée. Use your carved pumpkin within a few days of carving, as long as there’s no spoilage.

  • Roasted pumpkin seeds are a healthy and tasty fall snack. Scoop out and rinse your seeds and toss with olive oil and your favorite seasonings. Roast for 45 minutes at 300 ̊F, stirring every 10 minutes, and you’re all set to eat!

  • Make a planter with your pumpkin. First, remove the seeds and fibers from your pumpkin. Pack it with potting soil and plant some annuals for a festive fall planter! After several days, dig a hole and plant your pumpkin into the ground. As the planter composts, it will naturally fertilize the plants.

  • Feed the animals in your community. Leave cut-up pieces of pumpkin in the yard for deer or fill a bird feeder with seeds for the birds.

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