Halloween is on it’s way! Time to decorate the house in fake spider webs (or simply leave skip de-webbing the house), pick out an amazing costume and CARVE THOSE JACK O’LANTERNS! Pick up a pumpkin or TWO at Back Home on the Farm and follow these pro carving tips!
Tip 1. Choose the right pumpkin.
The right pumpkin has a flat bottom so that it doesn’t roll all over the place. Select a fresh pumpkin with a solid stem and no bruising. Bruising is a sign of rot.
Tip 2: Carving the right way
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.
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