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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Making Halloween more environment friendly – Pumpkins


Pumpkins are a staple around Halloween time. Pumpkins give us Pumpkin seeds, Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin spice, and of course Jack-O-Lanterns. Now pumpkins are pretty environment friendly already because we use most of the pumpkin.

Pumpkin Guts

Pumping guts can be reused. I know some people use pumpkin guts in cooking. I haven’t tried that but you can use the pumpkin guts in pumpkin pie. Pumpkin guts are pureed and is like what you would be out of a can. However they can be a wonderful discussing Halloween decoration that doesn’t last long unless you are going for the nasty smelling and bug infested decoration. Food coloring can be added to the pumpkin guts to make them look like blood or snot.

Pumpkin Seeds

The pumpkin seeds can be turned into a somewhat healthy snack. I say somewhat because I love them with lots of sale. You simple wash the pumpkin seeds and then soak them for a day to two in salt water, changing the water once or twice. Then place them on a baking pan. Put the oven at 350 degrees. Sprinkle the pumpkin seeds with the desire amount of salt, mine are completely salt covered. Cook until nice and crunchy. I cook min for 20 minutes and then check every five to ten minutes until they are the right doneness for me.

Jack-o-Lanterns

Jack-O-Lanterns don’t need any discussions but it is the one main reason many people buy pumpkins at Halloween time. You can save money by plant your own pumpkins. They are easy to grow up take up space as they are grown on vines. You can cut the vines and limit how long the vines grow. This will produce larger but smaller amounts of pumpkins.