Posted on Wednesday, September 16th, 2015 at 5:37 pm
Pumpkins are the most popular fall decoration. You will find them for sale in grocery stores, at fall festivals, and in local pumpkin patches. It can be difficult to figure out which pumpkin to pick. The way to pick the perfect pumpkin depends upon what you intend to do with it.
Make Food from the Pumpkin
You can get a lot of food from your pumpkin if you know how to do it. Baked pumpkin seeds are tasty. You can use the pumpkin “meat” to make pumpkin puree. That can be used in pumpkin pie, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin soup.
If you plan to cook a pumpkin, you should look for a small one. It needs to fit into your oven or crockpot. You will need to remove the stalk and cut the pumpkin in half in order to bake it in your oven. (Remove the pulp and seeds first). If you are going to use your crockpot, you need to be sure the cut pieces of pumpkin will all fit inside of it.
Carve the Pumpkin
Many people enjoy carving pumpkins and using them as fall decorations. People hold pumpkin carving parties when it gets close to Halloween. Carved pumpkins are the most popular type of Halloween decoration.
Will you be carving your pumpkin? If so, then you need to look for a large pumpkin that is sturdy and does not show any signs of rot. If your plan is to carve it right away, then you can go ahead and do that. Keep in mind that carved pumpkins tend to rot much faster than ones that have not been carved. You might need to purchase a replacement pumpkin later on.
Would you prefer to wait to carve your pumpkin? It would be a good idea to wait to make your purchase until the first week of October. Store the pumpkin outdoor in a cool, dry, place.
Pumpkins that have been painted with a funny face, an interesting design, or a Halloween inspired image, are cute and make fun decorations. Painted pumpkins are great to put on your desk at work. In general, people choose to paint small pumpkins.
Choose pumpkins that fit into the palm of your hand. You can find them at the grocery store. Avoid pumpkins that feel soft and select ones that have a smooth, firm, surface. Acrylic paint works best for painting pumpkins. It is water soluble and can be easily removed if you make a painting mistake and want to start over.