After all the fun and trick-or-treating, Halloween will end and the decorations will come down. What next? Don’t you just hate to see pumpkins being thrown away? Well, if you are frugal, you definitely like to find a use for these things.
What about making your own pumpkin puree from leftover pumpkins or maybe using pumpkin seeds? Here are some great ideas of how you can make the most out of your Halloween pumpkin leftovers.
Make your own Pumpkin Puree
There are several ways to make your pumpkin puree. You can either have it baked, microwaved or boiled.
Bake your pumpkin: First, cut your pumpkin into half from the stem, going down to the bottom. Clean out the seeds and other stringy parts. After that, take one cup of water and place it in the bottom of a roasting pan. Next, place the pumpkin in the pan, with the cut side down. Bake it in a preheated oven for about one hour under 350 degrees.
Microwave your pumpkin: Do the first step, cut your pumpkin and clean it out. Next, slice the pumpkin into cubes with the rind on. Place the cubed pumpkin in a microwave safe bowl and loosely cover with a plastic wrap. Set the microwave at medium and check every five minutes.
Boling your pumpkin: Cut the pumpkin into half and remove all the unnecessary part. Cut your pumpkin into chunks. Place the chunked pumpkin into a big cooker pan and cover it with some water. Bring the pumpkin into boil and cook until tender.
Whichever you may choose and you find easy is acceptable. Next, all you need is to let the pumpkin cool and put it in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Use up those Pumpkin Seeds
A pumpkin sure has plenty of seeds; and you should never forget to use them! You can easily make a tasty pumpkin seed snack with your leftover seeds, instead of simply throwing them away! After cleaning them, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spread them out on a greased, buttered, or sprayed cookie sheet. You can also add salt to your liking. Add some butter around the pan if you want and cook at 350 degrees oven for 20 minutes. Be sure to keep your eye on them so they don’t burn. After, place your tasty pumpkin seed in fancy jars!
Also, you can save some seeds and have them planted in your backyard for them to grow just in time for the next Halloween season. In order to prepare your seeds, first wash off and clean out all the stringy pulp you can find. Next, let them dry. Have them placed in a small envelope and label them. Schedule a date on your calendar for a gardening activity with the whole family!
How do you plan to use your left over pumpkins from Halloween? Do you have anything to add to our list? Let us know by writing your comments!