Here’s How To Keep Your Pumpkin Fresh For The Longest Time
We love Halloween here at 95.9 The Rat! All parts of the holiday are just fantastic, including the family tradition of carving a spooky Jack-o-Lantern and lighting it up for the neighbors to enjoy every evening leading up to the big day of trick-or-treating. But, how do you keep your pumpkin fresh and keep the squirrels away? And is there a way to do it that is safe for animals if they do decide to take a nibble?
Why use anything at all?
Good question! Not using anything to preserve your Jack-o-Lantern is certainly an option. To be honest with you, that’s pretty much what I do. I carve the pumpkin, save some seeds for roasting and let it sit out for the neighbors to enjoy. But after a while it starts to decay, just like any kind of vegetable left outside for any amount of time. Not protecting it surely is an option, but maybe you want to keep your pumpkin fresh.
The process of protecting your Jack is basically trying to keep the bacteria and fungus that exists in a natural environment away from your pumpkin creation. If you’re hoping to carve your pumpkin before you turn the calendar from September to October, you may want to consider protecting it.
How do I protect my carving?
The old way we knew of was to use bleach. You’d just spray the pumpkin on the inside and outside with bleach/water solution and it would keep the Jack-o-Lantern fresh and keep the animals away. Using straight bleach? Yeah, that’s gonna be bad for Sydney Squirrel.
Despite all this, if they did eat the pumpkin treated with bleach, they might get an upset tummy or worse. There’s conflicting reports on just how bad bleach is for the little animals of the forest who see your carving as dinner, not a scary Halloween decoration. Some experts clearly think it’s ok.
Is there another way?
What’s a Spooky Season fan to do to keep the pumpkin fresh and not possibly hurt the little animals in the forest? Use vinegar.
The video below will take you through how to use vinegar to keep your pumpkin fresh looking. In a nutshell just use a mixture of white vinegar and water.
According to the video, fill your sink with water and add one cup of white vinegar. You can use your bathtub or a big plastic tub for a larger pumpkin. Soak the pumpkin for at least ten minutes. Once the pumpkin is soaked for ten minutes, let it air dry. They even add a tip to keep it fresh even longer: That tip is, rub the pumpkin with Vaseline.