What To Do With Leftover Pumpkins
Friday, October 26th is National Pumpkin Day and chances are that after next week you’ll have a plethora of leftover pumpkins you’ll need to dispose of. Whether the pumpkins are from your own garden, or you purchased them from a store, we have some eco-friendly ideas of what to do with leftover pumpkins.
- You can donate them to a farmer to feed their animals. Cows and other animals love the taste of ripe, sweet pumpkins.
- Make pumpkin puree. Place the pumpkin sliced-side down on a baking dish along with a cup of water and bake for 90 minutes. The flesh will become very soft and tender. After baking, take out the flesh and blend it in a food processor. You can freeze it, or use it to make pies, pumpkin butter, and more.
- Use the pumpkins as serving bowls for Thanksgiving. You can make delicious pumpkin soup and then serve it in carved out, smaller pumpkins.
- Compost your pumpkin and use it next spring to grow your garden. Cut your leftover pumpkins into small pieces and toss them into the compost heap for next spring.
- Make a bird feeder by carving out a pumpkin and filling it with seed. Birds will love this harvest time treat and the best part is that the rest of the pumpkin can go to feeding other wildlife like deer. This can, in turn, keep them from munching on your winter shrubs.
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