I love this time of year, the weather is changing, the clocks changing and Halloween! My favourite Halloween activity is carving pumpkins. Now over the years I’ve picked up a few tips to pass on to make your pumpkins carving expierence alot better.
So the equipment you are going to need
Knife – This is essential for carving your pumpkin, I know you can get carving kits online or in supermarkets but everyone has a sharp knife at home.
Spoon/ice cream scoop – is perfect for scooping out the insides of your pumpkin.
A bowl- this is great for putting the insides of the pumpkins to save the mess!
Once you’ve collected your equipment you might want to prep the area where you are going to carve your pumpkin. It can get rather messy! If you pop a few sheets of newspaper down it can make clean up a lot easier and quicker.
Now when it comes to carving, it’s traditional to cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin to create a lid. But I did something a little different this year and cut a hole out of the bottom of my pumpkin. This is so you can place your pumpkin over your tea light rather than having to light the tea light in the pumpkin. I also find this gives you more space to carve your designs!
When you come round to scraping out the insides, you want to scrape as much of the goopy insides out as possible, this is so your pumpkin is easier to carve and prolong the pumpkins’ life after being carved.
Now before you bin the insides, you can pick out the pumpkin seeds, rinse them and place them on a baking tray with some salt or spices and roast them to make a tasty snack!
To help you to get a good design you can always use a stencil and a pin to help you mark out out the design. By tracing the design with pin pricks it can make it easier to carve. Now if you use a marker pen to draw your design on you can use some nail polish remover and a bit of kitchen roll to erase the design and re draw the design if needed.
Now to prevent accidents, keep an eye on your tea lights or even use battery powered tea lights in your pumpkin to give the same effect.
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