If you carved your pumpkin October 1st, chances are by now, it looks more like a giant orange raisin than a gourd.

Obviously there's still time to get another one, and by using these tips, it may stay fresher, longer!

  • After carving, wipe the outside down with a damp cloth to remove any dirt and leftover pumpkin guts
  • Spray the inside of the carved/gutted pumpkin with a bleach solution (1 tablespoon of bleach in a quart of water, put in spray bottle).  This will kill bacteria and slow down mold growth.
  • Rub any carved or cut surfaces (anywhere the flesh is exposed) with petroleum jelly.  This makes a bit of a barrier for bacteria and mold, too!
  • Keep it out of direct sunlight, and in a cool place -- but not below freezing!

Pumpkin isn't just for your PSL, BTW.  Here are some delicious pumpkin recipes!

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