Our porch pumpkins are still looking great, but here come the cold temperatures, it's time to make a move and use them up. Here are some suggestions:

  • Roast the rinsed, clean pumpkin seeds with some oil and spices for a yummy, healthy treat.
  • Roast the rinsed, clean pumpkin seeds with some oil and spices for a yummy, healthy treat.
  • Turn the empty pumpkin into a planter by setting a container of mums inside.
  • Making pumpkin puree is easier than I thought, scoop out the seeds and guts and place the pumpkin cut side down in a baking dish with about a cup of water and bake it for about 90 minutes until it gets tender. Scoop out the flesh and puree it in a blender or food processor. Easy-peasy, and it can be frozen for pumpkin pies later!
  • I like to make a pasta dish with small shells, a tomato based sauce, some of the fresh pumpkin and other fresh veggies. Then I serve it out of the hollowed out pumpkin shell after brushing it with some oil, seasoning it, and baking it on a cooking sheet at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes. It looks awesome and smells so good!
  • Cut up your pumpkin and put it in a place away from your house where wildlife can enjoy it. Deer love it and the birds will be happy to have the seeds.

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Tip: Clean up the guts as soon as you can, once they dry they are a drag!