Photo by Mother Earth Living.
By this week, many people have visited the pumpkin patch or
picked up a few pumpkins at the local market. But after Halloween,
the pumpkins are either trashed or put in the compost. But you can
actually use them. Here's how!
Pumpkins that have been stored inside where it is cool and dry
can be repurposed. If they have been sitting outside, it's best to
throw those out.
Seeds: The seeds are perfect for a snack. All
you have to do is roast them! Roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious
and you can make them with a variety of seasonings, such as:
Parmesan cheese and pepper
Brown sugar and cinnamon
Cinnamon and maple syrup
Worchester sauce, tobasco sauce and paprika
Sugar and chili powder
For the full recipe on roasting pumpkin seeds, keep reading. If you don't want to roast them, you
can also use them to plant your own pumpkins!
Guts: The guts (and stem) have to be composted.
But this is a better option than throwing them away. Pumpkins do
not smell very good while they are rotting, so letting the worms
take care of them in your yard can be a good option. Smash up your
pumpkin and cover it with a layer of leaves.
Fruit: Cut your pumpkin into large pieces with
the skin on. Place the pieces into a roasting dish and roast for
1-2 hours. Let the pumpkin cool and remove the skin. The skin can
be added to your compost pile. The fruit of the pumpkin can be
mashed or processed until smooth and then used in a variety of
recipes. It replaces canned pumpkin in recipes
from pies to muffins, from cakes to breads.
Share your other tips to using your pumpkins in the comments