Ever wonder why you buy pumpkins and spend hours carving and decorating just to throw it away a few days later, wasting all the delicious and edible flesh? Well, there are lots of creative ways to recycle your pumpkin once All Hallows Eve is over without having to feel guilty of wasting it. You will find in this article a variety of ways to repurpose your various gourds.
Get cooking and make some amazing recipes with your pumpkin! If your pumpkin has not been carved or painted on, then try making some pumpkin skinchips. To do this, wash your pumpkin, then peel off the skin using a potato peeler. Toss all of your peelings with garlic powder, salt, pepper and olive oil. Alternatively, you can use any spice combinations you like. Then lay in a single layer on a parchment-covered and bake until crispy. With the remainder of your peeled pumpkin, you can easily make pumpkin soup. All you need to do is cut your pumpkin in half, remove the seeds and guts, then cut the pumpkin flesh into small cubes using a sharp knife. In a pot, combine with vegetable stock, onion, garlic, salt, pepper and some cream. Cook until tender then use an immersion blender to obtain the desired consistency. On the Internet and other websites like Pinterest, you can find tons of ideas for more pumpkin-based recipes such as stews, breads, sauces, veggie stock, baked goods and anything else you can think of (that’s edible of course)
Try making your own delicious pumpkin spice latte! To do this, combine milk with some pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice (cloves, cinnamon, ginger, freshly ground nutmeg), sugar and vanilla extract. Heat thoroughly on the stove, then add to your strong coffee (espresso or dark roast) and top with whipped cream. Finish it off with a sprinkling of pumpkin spice. Now sit back, relax and sip away at that yummy goodness!
Don’t waste any nutrients! If you have already transformed your pumpkin into a jack-o’-lantern and can’t really use it for cooking, then consider burying it in your garden after Halloween. In no time at all, it will decompose and add nutrients into the soil that will help nurture your surrounding plants. Alternatively, if you don’t have a garden or a backyard, you can simply compost it. Composting is beneficial to the earth and can help reduce our environmental impact. You could also hide your pumpkin somewhere on your property and each day you will notice it slowly disappearing, thanks to your local animals such as deer, moles, chipmunks and squirrels. They will happily feed on it until nothing remains.
Make an original planter with your gourd! If you prefer to showcase your pumpkin, you can turn it into a planter by lining the inside with burlap, filling it up with soil and inserting your desired plant. The bright orange pumpkin base makes a perfect accent to display your favourite plant.
Don’t forget the best part of the pumpkin — the seeds! It can be a lot of work to separate the seeds from the rest of the guts, but it is so worth it. Give them a quick rinse, pat dry, then season with oil and salt or spice it up with a little cayenne pepper, and finally bake in the oven until dry and crunchy. The seeds are so tasty that they will be gone in the blink of an eye!
Hopefully, these ideas have inspired you to try new ways to recycle your pumpkins, while also finding new pumpkin recipes that will warm you up during the cold season.