Do you wait to buy pumpkins the week before Halloween? Is it because your pumpkin will rot at the end of the week? Well, if you love October have no fear. You can buy pumpkins in early October and still have them look great come October 31st and beyond.
Pumpkins are made of 90% water. Three things will typically ruin your pumpkin: mold, bacteria, and dehydration. The good news is you can take care of all 3 in one easy step. Follow all these steps to protect you pumpkin.
- The fun part, carve your pumpkin!
- Rinse the pumpkin thoroughly with water and then fill a bucket with water. The size of the bucket should fit your pumpkin. For you large pumpkin lovers out there you may need to use a bathtub.
- Add 1 tsp of bleach to the water. When I said you could take care of mold, bacteria, and dehydration at the same time, this is the key step.
- Next completely submerge your pumpkin in the water and leave it in the bucket overnight
- Your pumpkin will rehydrate itself overnight and soak up all the water it needs. Remove the pumpkin from the water and let it drip dry for a few minutes.
- Finally, you need to seal in all that water that was soaked up. Apply vaseline, cooking spray, or WD-40 to the cut areas of the pumpkin. FYI WD-40 isn’t flammable once it dries.
After that your pumpkin is ready to roll for weeks. Be sure to keep you pumpkin out of direct sunlight and a dry area. Add a comment if you have any questions.