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Friday, October 30, 2009

Pumpkin Carving Tips

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I love to carve pumpkins at Halloween. These are a few tips that I think are helpful for carving the perfect pumpkin.

Choosing a Pumpkin
- watch out for pumpkins that are heavy, have wobbly stems, have punctures or bruises, or a weak bottom. These could be rotten or damaged and will decay faster.

- a poker for tracing a pattern (a thumbtack will work but a nail or metal skewer is better)
- a scraper to clean out guts
- a small and large saw

- use the scraper to make the inside walls smooth
- scrape the side you're going to carve until it's about an inch thick

- tape or tack the template to the pumpkin
- poke holes along the lines about half way through the pumpkin wall
- the closer the wholes the easier it will be to follow with the saw
- when the template is transferred rub flour into the holes so they stand out and wipe the skin clean

- don't cut, saw
hold saw like a pencil and cut straight through
- start in the center of the design and with the smaller pieces
- a carved pumpkin can last from 1 day to 1 week

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