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Fall is such a pretty time of year, and the fall decorations we put out are beautiful too. When the fall season arrives, many people decide to decorate the inside and outside of their homes with pumpkins or other gourds. While this looks beautiful, we all know how badly a pumpkin can decompose and fall apart into a gooey mess. Here we’ll learn how to preserve a pumpkin. Pumpkins aren’t cheap, so learning how to preserve a pumpkin will help you get the most for your money.
The secret to preserving a pumpkin is …..
There is one substance you can use that will protect your pumpkin from rotting and it’s easy to use. Want to know what it is? If you don’t plan on carving your pumpkin, spray the outside of it with WD-40 right away. That’s right! WD-40 will help you preserve a pumpkin. This also works if you will be carving your pumpkin, you’ll just have to spray the inside thoroughly, as well as the outside. Some people are concerned about the safety of placing a tea light candle inside a pumpkin sprayed with WD-40. While we have never had a problem with this, I understand why some would be hesitant to do it. If you would prefer to not use WD-40 to preserve a pumpkin,
use the following trick instead.
Another secret to preserving a pumpkin is ….
After reading about WD-40, most people assume the next way to preserve a pumpkin is with hairspray. Nope – that’s not it. The secret to preserving a pumpkin is cheap – greasy – and right in your medicine cabinet. What is it? Vaseline! Preserve a pumpkin with Vaseline by generously applying Vaseline all over the inside of a carved pumpkin. I have heard you can use vegetable oil or olive oil in place of Vaseline, but Vaseline is so much cheaper, why would you? Just clean out your pumpkin like you normally would, allow it to dry, and then smear Vaseline all over the inside. If it dries out, reapply the Vaseline.
There you have it! Two very simply ways to preserve a pumpkin. It should also be noted that you can help preserve a pumpkin by keeping it out of direct sunlight, not carving it too far in advance, and by keeping it out of the rain.
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