Using Your Pumpkins!

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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

Kosher salt

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.

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