5 things to do with your pumpkin after Halloween
How to get the most from your pumpkin after it's done its job scaring off the undead...
No one can do Halloween without these great big orange blobs, but apart from looking creepy they can seem a bit of a dead weight. What can you do with them once those gruesome ghosts and gremlins have departed?
Well, turns out they're actually quite useful orange blobs. Here's some of the weirdly versatile things you can get up to with this most terrifying of vegetables!
A quick heads up on maybe the best competition on studentbeans.com right now - we’re giving away a set of Dr. Dre Beats headphones and it’s incredibly easy to enter:
1. Toast your own pumpkin seeds
They’re so good for you, cost a bomb in the shop and are the sort of stuff people buy from Holland and Barrats’ when they’re on a health trip.
All you have to do is separate the seeds from that orangey pulp, lay them out on a baking tray, add salt and toast them. Bob’s your uncle- you have a tasty snack!
2. Bake pumpkin muffins
This is a freaky combo is a taste sensation and super easy. Using the leftover filling, add 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 cup flour, 1 tbsp baking powder and 1/2 cup milk. Pour batter into muffin tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Deeee-lish!
3. Sow next year's crop
Put your pumpkin seeds on some baking paper and allow to dry out. Whack ‘um in some soil in your back yard in the summer and (with a bit of luck) you’ll have own plant with loads of pumpkins on for next Halloween.
4. Make your own facial scrub
Get 2 tsp of pumpkin puree (made by roasting carved out insides of your pumpkin for 30mins) ½ tsp honey, ½ tsp milk, ¼ tsp cinnamon and mix into a paste. Brush onto freshly cleansed skin. Let dry for 15-20 minutes and then wash off with cold water.
With vitamin A, antioxidant vitamin C and zinc: pumpkin helps regulate oil production, reduce the appearance of pore size, and protect against free radical damage. Molton Brown- eat your heart out!
5. Pumpkin pie
Well DUH! Talk to any American (and let’s face it, they’re the ones that really know what Halloween is about) and there’s pretty much one thing that you do with a pumpkin aside from making it into a lantern.
Whack puree, sugar, plain flour, salt, spices and evaporated milk in a pastry case in the oven for an hour. Refrigerate, then maybe (definitely) top with whipped cream. For exact measurements check out this recipe and you’ll be chowing down on an all-American favourite in no time!
So don't be chucking out your used pumpkin - it may be looking sorry and a little burnt but even when Halloween's over you can have some grisly fun with its remains.
Remember if you fancy winning a set of Beats Headphones by Dr. Dre, click below to enter.