Green Pumpkin Power! Uses for Every Part of Your Pumpkin

With Halloween just around the corner, you are probably planning on carving a pumpkin. But what happens once the big night is over? Don’t throw your pumpkins out, because there is plenty you can do to make use of every part of that leftover pumpkin.

  • You can donate your leftover pumpkins to a local farmer. Many farmers are struggling just as most of us are these days and will greatly appreciate the thought. Pumpkins can be used to feed livestock, too.
  • Eat pumpkin seeds. All you have to do is toast them and add a little salt for a great snack. These are great for throwing in a bowl during football games, which many people are watching around this time of year. Put some in a Ziploc baggie for your kids to take to school. They can be used for a number of situations. Easy and fast snacks!
  • Grow your own pumpkins for next year. Save the seeds and watch as you grow pumpkins for next Halloween. If you’re not up for growing anything, ask your neighbors or local farmers if they’d like to do so and give them your seeds.
  • Turn your pumpkin into puree. By pureeing your pumpkin, you can create treats like pumpkin pie, pumpkin bars, pumpkin soups, pumpkin butter, and many others.
  • The thick pulp, which is the lining of the pumpkin, can be used to make cakes and breads. You can also use this pulp to make pumpkin milk shakes and cider.

Your skin can also benefit from the pumpkin, which offers many rich vitamins, enzymes and even essential amino acids. This homemade treatment gently exfoliates your skin. The alpha-hydroxy acids can aid in minimizing the appearance of those fine lines and even help with freckles, age spots, and rough skin. You will want to puree your pumpkin and then set it on your face for 10 minutes. When it starts to tingle, wash off with warm water. You can refrigerate the pumpkin puree for several days and use it again.

Aren’t sure how to puree your pumpkin? It’s simple. The first thing you need to do is wash off any dirt and dry your pumpkin thoroughly. If you haven’t already carved the pumpkin you are pureeing, you will need to remove all of the seeds and stringy contents of the pumpkin. Then cut your pumpkin into pieces and place it into a microwave safe bowl. Cover your bowl with plastic wrap and zap your bowl for 10 minutes. After time is up, stir your pumpkin and microwave it for another 10 minutes. Once the pumpkin is cool, remove the outside skin from the pieces of pumpkin. Using a vegetable peeler will make this easier. You can now puree your pumpkin in a food processor.

Veronica Davis is a freelance writer and internet business columnist for Examiner. She works with several businesses online, including ones that focus on green living and saving money. If you need a food processor or even want to get a good deal on pumpkins, she recommends seeing if there are any good Walmart coupons to use.

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Comments

  1. I love these ideas. We have been growing our own pumpkins every year, merely by throwing our carved pumpkin “insides” into our garden in the fall. The seeds sink down, and every year we get pumpkins, with no effort at all.
    We will have to try the pumpkin puree mask, my girls would love that, and I never would have thought of it. It’s a great way to show them how to save money and reuse.

  2. Great to hear Barbie! I’m glad that you found something useful and fun that you weren’t aware of. We have little boys, so I don’t think they would appreciate the mask :)

  3. Great ideas. There is a lot of waste with so many pumpkins just being thrown out. At the very least they should be composted. These are a lot of other great uses though. I agree that the puree mask is a use that many people wouldn’t think of.

  4. I really think that drying the pumpkin thoroughly really is a great idea.

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