How to carve the perfect pumpkin!
Our Tip Tips for Carving the Perfect Halloween Pumpkin!
It's not just about making those cut-outs extra crisp. These expert carving tricks will have your gourds both looking and smelling(!) good the entire trick-or-treating season. Plus, try our best pumpkin carving ideas!
1. Good carving starts with the right pumpkin.
Choose one that is fresh, with a sturdy stem, no bruises and a flat bottom so it won't roll. Supermarkets, farm shops, green grocers and garden centres all stock pumpkins in teh build up to Halloween.
2. Cut out the lid on an angle, not straight up-and-down.
This way the lid won't drop inside the pumpkin when you replace it. A boning knife works best for this.
3. Scoop out all the pulp — and then some.
You can buy a special "claw" for this, but an ice cream scoop will do just fine. Thin the inner wall of the "face" area to 1 ¼-inch thick, so it will be easier to pierce the shell. be cautious about giving your children any sharp tools. Supervise at all times.
4. Hold the pumpkin in your lap.
You might want to draw your design on the pumpkin before you start carving, using a black market pen .Identify which bits you want to cut out, so that the light will shine through. It's easier to carve features when the face is gazing up at you. And don't cut on a slant — clean up-and-down slices look best. To make intricate designs, try using a small saw or craft knife. You can even get a pumpkin carving kit with a marker, scraper, cutting tools and 10 patterns on Amazon!
5. Use your scraps creatively.
Make a tongue out of a discarded piece of pumpkin shell, for example. Or use the seeds and pulp for vomit!
6. Keep your pumpkin fresh.
Spread petroleum jelly (Vaseline) on the cut edges to seal in moisture - this stops it going mouldy so soon. If your pumpkin still shrivels a few days later, you can revive it with a facedown soak in cold water for up to eight hours.
7. Create a chimney.
First, leave the lid on for a few minutes while the candle burns. Then make a small hole where the lid has blackened. Or, save yourself the stress and go with battery-operated 'tealights' instead. They are safer too, especially around children. You can buys these from The Range.
8. Sprinkle a little cinnamon inside the lid.
When you light the candle, the cinnamon will make your pumpkin will smell like gorgeous!
We'd love to see photos of your carved pumpkins! Head to our facebook page to share them again these year.
If you don't fancy the mess at home, there are lots of local 'pumpkin carving' events taking place. Take a look at our What's On calendar.
Thank you to Good House Keeping for their tips.
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