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This Week's Tip: Keep Your Jack-O-Lantern Fresh

The Mom Squad shares some useful tips and tricks

It's pumpkin season! We love the tradition of carving jack-o-lanterns, but they start to get mushy and don't last long once you carve them. So then comes the delimma: do you hope it lasts until the big night and go ahead and carve it anyway, or do you wait until the last minute to make sure that it's nice and fresh?

Of course, there are some store-bought products made just for this purpose, but you could also try one of these tricks to help your little pumpkin friends last longer. Some work better than others, but it might be fun to do a little science experiment to find out the best!

Options To Try:

1. Rub petrolium jelly (like Vaseline) onto the exposed pumpkin flesh after carving.

2. Spray cooking spray (like Pam) onto the exposed pumpkin flesh after carving.

3. Submerge and soak carved pumpkin into a solution of 1Tablespoon bleach & 1 gallon water. Soak it for about 8 hours (overnight) and then put the left-over solution into a spray bottle. Spray inside and all around your pumpkin daily to keep mold away.

4. Put silica packets inside your carved pumpkin. *(It is not safe to not open, eat, or leave them inside the pumpkin if you put a candle in it. This particular trick is not reccomended if you have curious little ones around that may eat the silica packets.)

 

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Mayra Flores de Marcotte October 25, 2012 at 12:32 AM
You know ... this is a dilema that we deal with every year. We've tried carving early and hoping that they didn't turn to mush and we've done the last-minute carving: neither of which we've particularly liked. I'm going to try some of these and let you know how it goes. Anything to keep our pumpkins from getting squishy! Thanks Mom Squad. :)
Bethany Curran October 25, 2012 at 05:00 AM
We usually wait until the night before Halloween to carve our pumpkins. Then we light them every night until they turn to mush. Unfortunately, our wet weather doesn't help the smushy factor. We're going to try these out too. Hopefully our little pumpkin friends will last longer this year! ;)
Claudia Cruz (Editor) October 27, 2012 at 10:08 PM
Great suggestions ... especially the silica packets that no one ever knows what to do with.
MomSquad November 05, 2012 at 07:35 AM
Thanks Claudia! Here's another great tip for how to use those silica packets: http://campbell.patch.com/blog_posts/this-weeks-tip-saving-electronics-from-water-damage

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