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How to Keep a Pumpkin From Rotting

How to Keep Pumpkins Fresh Starts with Picking the Right One
Rita's pumpkin harvest

Rita’s pumpkin harvest



1: Pick a Healthy Pumpkin

First, make sure that you start with a fresh and healthy pumpkin. Choose a firm pumpkin with no soft spots and its stem in tact. Starting off with a firm pumpkin means that your carved pumpkin has a good chance of lasting longer.

2: Get Rid of All the Guts

Once you open up the pumpkin to carve it, it’s important that you rid the cavity of the guts. You want to make sure that the inside of your pumpkin is as clean and dry as possible, and that can only happen if you ditch all the pumpkin guts and seeds.

3: Use Petroleum Jelly

To extend the life of your carved fruits, rub a thin layer of petroleum jelly on the inside of the pumpkin to reduce mold and slow decay.

4. OR use Bleach (my favorite)

1/4 cup to 1 quart of water will do it. I like to spray the insides with the mixture and let it dry.

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