Uses For Your Pumpkin When Halloween Is Over
Pumpkin carving, costumes, haunted houses and parties are some of the best parts of Halloween and let us not forget the tricks and treats that come along with all of that. (we definitely can’t leave out the treats). What happens to the pumpkin when Halloween is over? Creating the Jack-O-Lantern is something we look forward to. Some of us prep and practice weeks in advance; we want to have the coolest Jack-O-Lantern. Come November 1st , our cool lanterns will end their tenure as a main course for the nearest trash can so it makes sense to get the most use from your pumpkin as possible. If you love pumpkins, we hope that you love these ideas.
- Make pumpkin seeds – Place your clean seeds on a oiled baking sheet. Spread them evenly and lightly sprinkle in oil. Roast at Lightly cover them in oil and roast at 325 degrees. You can boil them in salt water, dry them , coat with oil and roast at 325 degrees. Be imaginative; brown sugar, lemon pepper, cinnamon are also great seasonings.
- Make pumpkin butter – Bring 2 parts pumpkin puree, 1 part water (or apple cider) and 1 part brown sugar to a boil. Add your favorite seasonings and allow to simmer for 20-25 minutes. Once done, allow it to cool and refrigerate. Use this as a spread for toast, crackers, etc.
- Pumpkins are rich in zinc and vitamins A, C and E. Add brown sugar to pumpkin puree and you have a great facial scrub.
- To get that pumpkin puree, add1 cup of water to a gut free pumpkin shell, cut side down. Bake until tender then scoops out inside and blend until smooth.
- Make pumpkin soup – Add heavy cream, chicken stock and season to your liking. Top with crouton, bacon, peppercorns, or pumpkin seeds, the choices are endless.
- MAKE PUMPKIN PIE – explanation not required