Did you crave a great pumpkin last year only to have it rot and turn to mush before Halloween? If you don’t want this to happen again this year…listen up. Here are some tricks to preserve your craved pumpkin this year. And they really work!! I have tested them 🙂
What causes a pumpkin to rot?
The skin of the pumpkin protects the pumpkin until you crave it. After you crave the pumpkin, fungi, bacteria, molds and fungi start to break down your pumpkin and causing it to turn to mush. Also, the oxygen in the air can easily break down the pumpkin or oxidation. Lastly, simple dehydration (drying out) can cause your pumpkin to collapse.
How do you prevent these things from happening to your pumpkin?
The first thing you want to do before you carve your pumpkin is clean your pumpkins skin with a damp cloth. Make a bleach solution of 1 tablespoon of bleach per quart of water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray the pumpkin inside and all cut areas of the pumpkin with the solution. This will kill much of the surface bacteria and mold that causes rotting. Let it penetrate and dry for about 20 minutes. Next, rub all of the carved or cut surfaces with petroleum jelly. This will keep out new bacteria and molds as well as dramatically reduce the dehydration! Wipe away excess with a paper towel! The last and final step is to spray the pumpkin everyday on the inside and carved and cut areas daily.