Friday, 21 October 2011


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Its that time of year again and of course, you simply must take part in the Halloween festivities.  You may have been growing your pumpkin all summer waiting for this opportunity (like me!) or you may wish to buy a pumpkin from the shops.  Nevertheless, it all means the same thing; pumpkin carving.

Use a long, thin bladed knife to slice off the top of the pumpkin, cutting around the stem.  You need a hole large enough to allow you to scoop out the inside of the pumpkin; about two thirds of the diameter works best.  Whilst cutting the lid angle the knife so that the cut is made on the tilt, which will prevent the lid from falling into the hole.
Use a wooden spoon and your hands to remove the flesh and seeds from inside the pumpkin.

Select the best side of the pumpkin on which to carve the face.  Mark out the design with a black felt tip, to clearly show the parts of the pumpkin to be removed.  Carefully use the knife to cut around these shapes and push out any pieces to reveal the pattern.

Remove any pieces of flesh from inside the pumpkin and scrape the bottom flat.  Place a tea light inside a clear glass holder and position on the bottom of the pumpkin.

Spooky fun.

For related articles click onto:
How to Grow Pumpkins from Seed
Pumpkin carving

Pumpkin Bread
Pumpkin cupcakes
Pumpkin Risotto recipe
Recipe for pumpkin pie
Recipe for pumpkin puree
Recipe for pumpkin soup
What is Halloween?
What is the difference between a squash, pumpkin and a gourd? 

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