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What Else Can You Do With Pumpkins?

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Making The Most of Your Pumpkin

Here are 5 fun "green" ideas for pumpkin use that go beyond the jack-o'-lantern.

  1. Save the Seeds

    After you've scooped out the innards of your jack-o'-lantern, save the seeds! Wash and dry them, toss them in olive oil and sprinkle with your favorite spices. Even a dash of sea salt and pepper tastes great.

    Some people like sweeter seeds accented with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Others enjoy the savory taste of cumin, coriander, and rosemary. And of course, some people love them hot--spiked with chili powder or cayenne!

    Eat by the handful, toss over salads, or use them to enhance recipes.

  2. Feed Wildlife

    Once Halloween is over, if your jack-o'-lantern is not moldy, cut it into fourths and put it in your yard--just not too close to the house! Your wildlife friends will thank you.

  3. Make Pumpkin Puree

    If you've used the smaller sugar or pie pumpkins to accent your fall decorations and they're still in good shape--not moldy or damaged in any way--put them to good use in your kitchen. You can make great purees from their flesh that can be used in many recipes from pies to breads to soup.

  4. Freeze Pumpkin for Later

    Freeze extra puree in an ice cube tray. Save the pumpkin cubes in a freezer bag or container, and use them in recipes throughout the year. Pumpkins are packed with good nutrition!

  5. Feed the Earth

    Compost your jack-o'-lantern. But first remove any wax or other substances that won't compost. And be sure not to compost the seeds, unless you want to create a pumpkin patch next summer!