Halloween is just around the corner! Time to decorate the house in fake spider webs (or simply leave the REAL ones up), pick out an spooky costume and carve those pumpkins! Here are a few tips to make your pumpkin carving experience go as smooth as possible.
Tip 1. Choose the right pumpkin.
The right pumpkin has a flat bottom so that it doesn’t roll all over the front porch. Select a fresh pumpkin with a solid stem and no bruising.
Tip 2: Cut at an angle.
Have you ever cut the top off your pumpkin only to have to drop into the sticky, gooey mess? Avoid this nonsense by cutting your lid off at an angle.
Tip 3: Have the right tools.
One of the best tools for cutting the lid off a pumpkin is a keyhole saw. The sharp teeth on this saw can easily slice through a pumpkin’s thick shell, and the flexible blade is awesome for making curved cuts. Other useful carving tools include hole cutters, wood gauges and a power drill. Melon ballers or ice cream scoops are perfect for getting all that goopy pulp out.
Tip 4: Keep it fresh.
Nothing stinks more than spending oodles of time on a pumpkin only to have it rot away a few days later. To keep your carved masterpiece daisy fresh for Halloween, spread petroleum jelly on the cut edges. If it shrivels up, you can freshen it up by soaking it in cold water for up to 8 hours.
Visit us on Pinterest for fun pumpkin carving ideas! And don’t forget to visit Pumpkin Hollar when you come to Dewberry Farm — it’s full of carved pumpkins all lit up! Plus — we have pumpkin carving templates for you to download right here on our website!