It’s a valued tradition to carve up a pumpkin in anticipation of All Hallows’ Eve. Getting down to the nitty gritty, we dig out the seeds, select a design, and cut to the chase. But after Halloween has come and gone, that beautiful Jack-O-Lantern sits hallow on our porch, having fulfilled its seasonal destiny. Luckily, it can still be of use!
Whip up Pumpkin Treats
Pinterest is host to a plethora of recipes, but one easy and delicious option is Homemade Pumpkin Butter. The mouthwatering final product is perfect to add on toast or in oatmeal! Even better? It’s vegan!
Use it as Fertilizer
If you have a garden, toss it in the compost heap or bury it throughout your plot. The nutrients provide your crops with a natural fertilizer, enriching your soil.
Roast the Seeds
Our personal favorite! Roasted pumpkin seeds are scrumptious and a cinch to whip up. Simply preheat your oven to 300 degrees F, toss the seeds in a mixture of melted butter (or olive oil) and salt, then spread them on a baking sheet. They make for a great (nutritious) snack for the kids or just for the adult on the go! You can thank us later.
Use the Seeds to Grow a Pumpkin
If you’re not big on eating the seeds, try saving them to plant in your yard. When October rolls around next year, you can boast about your homegrown Jack-O-Lantern!
Pumpkin Skin Chips and Pumpkin Fries
This sounds far more complex than it actually is. All you have to do to make chips is peel off the pumpkin skin (you can do this with a carrot or potato peeler) and throw the scraps in the oven with some olive oil and seasoning. When it comes to the fries, cut up the skinless remains, pour olive oil, and season. If you’re using the oven, each takes about 30 to 40 minutes!