Waste Not, Want Not: Getting More Use Out of Your Halloween Pumpkins

In an effort to minimize waste and get any and all use out of my Halloween pumpkins I have discovered some creative and useful ways to use these spooky jack-o-lantern’s.

pumpkinseedsThe first and most obvious use of the pumpkin is to cook the pumpkin seeds inside for a crunchy treat.  Unfortunately, my pumpkin seeds are never a big hit and somehow end up tasting like dirt.  That is until I found this unique recipe for Caramelized Spicy Pumpkin Seeds.  By adding these few select spices and sugars it can transform the usually tasteless seeds into a snack my family loves.

The next part of the pumpkin I use is the flesh inside the pumpkin.  This little tip is a great pumpkinfacialway to pamper yourself and can even make a fun little homemade gift for a friend.  Since pumpkins are rich in zinc, vitamins A, C, and E that makes pumpkin puree a perfect thing to apply to your skin in the form of a face mask.  Simply follow this simple recipe to enjoy glowing skin with a yummy pumpkin smell!

Last but not least, the last remaining part of the pumpkin is the outer shell.  Why not use this festive pumpkin as decor for your Thanksgiving dinner as well.  If it is not cut than it should be preserved long enough until Thanksgiving.  You can then cut the top off of the pumpkin and use the remaining part of the pumpkin as a serving bowl, flower holder, or snack dish.  If you have already cut the pumpkin click here for tips to preserve it.

Hope you enjoyed all of the pumpkin re-use ideas, I’d love to hear some of your own!

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