5 Ways to Use Your Leftover Jack-O-Lantern bits
Jack-o-lanterns are fun and festive aspects for Halloween, but they can do more than just spruce up your door step. You can actually use the leftover pieces from your pumpkin for an array of foods around the house. Check these fun and efficient uses for your leftover pumpkin bits and chunks.
1. Toast the Seeds
When you make a Jack-o-lantern, one of the most annoying parts can also be the best tasting. When you scoop out the pumpkin pulp and seeds, be sure to set those seeds aside for toasting. All you need to do is separate the seeds from the pulp and rinse them clean.
Next, take these clean and dry seeds and spread them out across a baking sheet. Season them with oil or butter, salt and any other seasonings you please, such as cayenne pepper for a spicy taste. Then bake at 300 degrees until crispy and roasted. Then just let them cool and serve in a bowl to your family and friends.
2. Blend into a Soup or Smoothie
Whether it's the pulp or the pieces you cut out of your pumpkins, that extra pumpkin flesh is perfect for making pumpkin treats in the kitchen. Use your performance blender to pulverize this pumpkin into the pureed, pulpy juice you want. Use this in your next smoothie for a fall feel or as part of a festive soup dish.
3. Make Pumpkin Hummus
You can also use that blender pureed pumpkin as part of a homemade hummus. In addition to your pumpkin puree, mix some tahini, olive oil, salt and cumin with a few seeds for a pumpkin dip that's perfect with pita chips or vegetables.
4. Prepare Baked Goods
Your leftover pumpkin can also be put to work in some of your favorite fall baked goods. From pumpkin bread and pie to pancakes and waffles, you can use your extra gourd to add a homemade and food-efficient touch to your cooking.
5. Compost The Rest
Whether it's the scraps from making a spooky face on your pumpkin or the rotting Jack-o-lantern itself, you can put it to good use by adding it to your compost pile. Rather than just tossing the pumpkin in the garbage, this will let your pumpkin degrade naturally and can even be used as fertilizer for next year's crop of pumpkins. Ask your neighbors if you can compost their rotting pumpkins after Halloween as well.