How to conserve Halloween pumpkin ?
I'd like to keep the same for next year...
- Aquarius 1011Lv 61 month ago
Perhaps keep it in the fridge, or freezer.
And, maybe in a plastic bag, that's tied.
- Anonymous1 month ago
Leaving it outdoors might work
- JustinLv 71 month ago
Pumpkins rot from moisture, so you either need to remove the moisture or keep it locked in place away from any outside air.
If you decide to remove the moisture, it will 'shrink' like a shrunken head to about 1/4th of its current size but it will not rot as long as you keep it stored in a dry place. You would have to remove the moisture slowly in a warm oven for many hours, being careful not to 'cook' it or heat it up too fast or it will curl and lose its form.
If you are successful 'shrinking' it, then you can bring it out next year and soak it in water until it plumps back up to closer to its original size. You can even 'colorize' the water with food coloring to change or enhance the pumpkin's original color. Lots of things can go wrong, but this will work if done properly.
The other option is to dip the entire pumpkin in a clear coat of enamel, or brush it or spray it over and over again with this clear coat until a thick hard surface forms, locking the moisture in place. It will retain its size and moisture as long as it is stored in a cool, dry place. Unfortunately, if the insides of the pumpkin are already infiltrated with bacteria, it may rot anyway. You can sometimes prevent this by dipping the pumpkin in hydrogen peroxide or chlorine bleach and letting it dry off before coating it with enamel. The pumpkin itself will be 'shinier' than usual from the enamel, but it will retain its shape and may even look cooler than the original.
Other than those two ideas, freezing will keep it 'fresh' but it will wilt and turn to squish right away after it is thawed, so I have no idea how to keep that from happening unless you want to keep it frozen in a display with some creepy dry ice that also emits 'smoke-like' vapors as it dissipates. That might be cool but I have never actually done that. Plus a pumpkin would take up an annoying amount of freezer space unless you have a big deep freezer in which to store it til next year.
You may just be better off buying a new pumpkin, though any of these might be fun to try anyway.
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- RickLv 61 month ago
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