Are you good at carving pumpkins into jack-o-lanterns? Apparently I’m not. Or least I wasn’t. Now that I have these pumpkin carving tips from a Central Market expert, my jack-o-lanterns are easy and clever.
First, we sampled some amazingly good pumpkin-based food. I’ll get around to typing up the recipes eventually. In the meanwhile, feel free to drool over their names.
- Warm Pumpkin Salad with Polenta and Candied Pumpkin Seeds
- Pumpkin, Prosciutto, Sage and Smoked Turkey Pasta
- Pecan Pumpkin Harvest Cookies
Normally around Halloween, I force ask Hubby to do the knife-wielding honors. However, with what I learned from the expert, I feel confident that I could turn out a decent pumpkin myself.
1. When cutting a hole in the top, don’t make it perfectly round. It will be loads easier to fit it back on the right way without spinning it around much.
2. Tape or glue your pattern – if you have one – onto your pumpkin so that it will be still while you follow the next step. If you use regular school glue, it will peel right off.
3. Use a pokey thing, such as an awl or the tool from a carving kit, to create a dot-to-dot pattern.
4. After you remove the pattern, rub a bit of white flour into the surface. This will make those dots stand out.
5. When you’ve finished cutting out your design, rub the edges with Vaseline. You will give your pumpkin a few extra days of attractiveness before, well… you know.
6. Instead of a candle, use an LED dot light to light up your pumpkin. Not only are they cheap and energy-efficient, they also will not burn your pumpkin!
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