Friday, October 14, 2011

31 Days of Fall Fun {Day 14}: Picking the Perfect Pumpkin

Last weekend, Josh and I went to the local pumpkin patch. Last year, we waited until the week before Halloween and everything was picked through, so we decided to go a little earlier this time around. Carving our pumpkins is one of our favorite things to do in the Fall, so getting the perfect pumpkin is very important to us.

It hadn't rained in quite a long time, so the pumpkins were a little sad looking. It took a while to look for just the right one. Josh is rather particular about his pumpkin.

The pumpkins we brought home.

I don't think you can tell just how dusty it was that day from these pictures. The weather was perfect, except for the wind. It really kicked up the dust from the dry, dry ground.

A couple tips for picking out the perfect pumpkin:

  • Look for a pumpkin with a green stem. A brown stem means that it has been picked for a while and has already started to dry out.
  • Check the pumpkin all around for marks and signs of rot, especially the bottom.
  • Pumpkins shrink after they've been carved because they start to dry out. There are commercial products that you can buy that claim to help prevent rot, mildew, and dehydration. However, I came across this experiment that tested various methods of pumpkin preservation that found that most preservatives were not effective.
  • If there's a chance of frost in the forecast, you should bring your pumpkins inside for the night. Jack-o-lanterns don't last too long in the cold.
  • Pumpkins only last 1-2 weeks after they've been carved, so you should keep that in mind if you want your jack-o-lantern to last until Halloween night!

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