Are you ready to learn some awesome pumpkin carving tips? I have 9 to give you the spookiest looking and the most scrumptious smelling pumpkins that will last the whole Halloween holiday! Are you ready? Pumpkins, of course are one of the essential accessories for Halloween and we always have at least one pumpkin in our house! I’m usually the one who scoops out the insides, while Chris carves out the design. I think between us we are now Pro carvers. So I thought why not share our expert pumpkin carving tips and tips on how to carve the perfect Halloween Pumpkin. Don’t waste the innards either, Check out my Pumpkin Pie Guest Post!
Pumpkin Carving Tips!
Pumpkin Carving Tips 1: Get your timing right! If you buy and carve your Halloween too early, It will go rotten and smelly before Halloween even comes around. They are usually at their best until they are a week and half to two weeks old. So the best time to buy your them is a week to ten days before Halloween.
Pumpkin Carving Tips 2: Pick the best Pumpkin! Try and select a healthy looking pumpkin, free from nicks or bruises. The colour should be consistent all round. The pumpkin should sound hallow if tapped and indicates it’s ripe. The stalk should be firm, not soft, as should the bottom, if not it may be showing signs of rotting.
Pumpkin Carving Tips 3: Selecting a design! Novice pumpkin carvers should select a simple bold design. As you master the basics you can then start moving on to more intricate designs.
Pumpkin Carving Tips 4: Cutting the Pumpkin! Having the right equipment is a must have. A long, sharp serrated knife will do best. However, there are some great Pumpkin carving kits on the market, which come with cutters, stencils and scoops! To cut out the lid, cut into the pumpkin at a 45 degree angle. cutting straight down will cause the lid will fall through! Cut with a sawing motion, to ensure you make it through the flesh. The best way to cut out your design is to draw it on the pumpkin with a water based marker. Then cut on the outside of your markers. You can however use stencils too!
Pumpkin Carving Tips 5: Scooping out the Inside! Use a pumpkin or ice cream scoop or heavy metal serving spoon. Scrape down the inside of the pumpkin, in a circular motion until all the strings and seeds are free from the wall. They should then come out in one scoop. Scrape it as smooth as possible as this is where the light will be reflected and enhance the spooky effect.
Pumpkin Carving Tips 6: Clean your Pumpkin! Soak the Pumpkin in a light bleach water for a few hours, this will pro long the life of it. Dry it thoroughly to prevent any mould growing. Once dried, rub it inside and out (including the cut edges) with vegetable oil. This will help prevent shrivelling, if you do notice shrivelling, repeat the process. A pumpkin can be stored in a plastic bag in the fridge, when not in use to prolong it’s life even more.
Pumpkin Carving Tips 7: Scenting the Pumpkin! Sprinkle and dust the inside with cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves, doubling it as an air freshener!
Pumpkin Carving Tips 8: Lighting! LED candles make a perfect, safer alternative to real candles, especially if you have children running about. If you prefer the real thing or you want to use the spices as above, place your candles in a tea light holder or use a votive Candle in a glass. To keep the lid on, cut a small hole in the back to act as a chimney. Lastly, never leave a Pumpkin with a live flame burning unattended for any amount of time.
Pumpkin Carving Tips 9: Have Fun! Enough said!
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