Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Make Your Carved Pumpkin Last Longer

They are big and orange and some talented people make wonderful art with them. If you are a hard working pumpkin carver and want to make your last longer here are some interesting tips on pumpkin preservation.

A bit of Halloween magic with household items will make your Jack-O-Lantern last longer!
Did you carve a great pumpkin last year only to have it rot days before Halloween? Here's how to preserve and protect it!

What causes your pumpkin to decay?

There are several primary causes heartbreak of "pumpkin rot"

The intact skin of a pumpkin protects it until you carve it.  But then various organisms (fungi, bacteria, molds, fungi, protozoans, insects - scientifically know as "those little buggers!") can get inside and start to break it down.

Oxygen in the air can also easily enter and break down the pumpkin (oxidation).

Dehydration will begin the moment the pumpkin is carved.

All of this will turn your carved young happy pumpkin face into a sad old man in several days time!

Here Is How To Stop Pumpkin Aging

Sterilize the pumpkin's carved surfaces (to kill fungi, mold, bacteria, bugs)

Keep the pumpkin cool to slow bacteria growth and reduce drying

Keep the pumpkin hydrated

Essentially, we're going to embalm your Jack-O-Lantern, just like the ancient Egyptians did their mummies! 

Follow These Steps

Remove dirt: Wipe the exterior surfaces of the pumpkin clean using a damp cloth.

Make a bleach solution of1 tablespoon of bleach (typical brand name "Clorox) per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle.

Spray the pumpkin inside and all cut areas of the pumpkin with the solution.  This will kill much of the surface bacteria and mold that cause rotting.

Let it penetrate and dry for about 20 minutes

Drain any excess liquid out of the pumpkin

Now, keep your pumpkin out of direct sunlight and try to keep it as cool as possible (but above freezing!) and you should get at least a week's enjoyment out of it! 

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