My laziness got the better of me, and the other night, we did not carve a single pumpkin. We did not get a single trick-or-treater. We did not watch It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. I was able to convince a friend to take home one of the pumpkins, but I still have a huge pumpkin sitting in my foyer that I don’t know what to do with. At first, I figured I could puree it and use it to make a pumpkin cheesecake (recipe forthcoming) for Thanksgiving, or give it to John to use in the bread maker and bake a pumpkin gingerbread loaf, or even use it to make pumpkin ice cream. But alas, while doing some research online to figure out how to turn fresh pumpkin into the canned variety (which so many of these recipes call for), to my dismay, I discovered that a carving pumpkin used for jack-o’-lanterns (also called a field pumpkin) is not the same thing as a sugar pumpkin, which is darker and squatter and whose sweeter flesh is more suitable for baking. Ugh. Now I’m stuck and clueless with this field pumpkin. Besides roasting the seeds, does anyone have any idea what I can do with this thing? John suggested leaving it in a corner of our yard and taking a photo of it every day for a year and posting in on a site we’d start called, but I know laziness will overtake us once again, and the photo-taking will soon cease, and we’ll just have a rotten, ugly gourd in our yard. So any other suggestions, anyone?

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  1. heesoo says:

    What to Do With Your Carved Pumpkin After Halloween Pumpkin

    Of course, if you already carved it as a jack-o-lantern, here are some do's and don't's for your carved pumpkin:


    1. Put it in the compost heap – it will make good fertilizer

    2. Bury it in the garden – it will decay quickly and enrich the soil

    3. Wash, dry and save the seeds to plant next year (they will grow!)

    4. Wash and roast the seeds – they make good eating.

    5. Dump it in the trash, if you haven't got a garden


    1. Use it as a door stop

    2. Keep it indoors: it will rot and stain the floor

    3. Put it in the attic for next Halloween

    4. Attempt to eat it or cook with it.

    5. Use it in cold fusion experiments (pumpkinfusion has been disproven ).

  2. heesoo says:

    I suggest roasting them… roasted pumpkin seeds are delicious

  3. the Blind Cook says:

    heesoo: I guess your #4 in the "Don'ts" list rules out our attempts at cooking. We shall try anyway. I like the storing in the attic till next Halloween. And yes, we will have to try roasting pumpkin seeds.

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  5. I've invited the whole family to ours this xmas for a big dinner, so the roast is pretty central to that.. I found a bunch of ideas at this roast recipe site, but cant seem to decide on anyone – there's too many to choose from! It's fun planning such a big xmas meal though!

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  7. sherry bear says:

    I still have a whole huge pumpkin sitting on my counter from idea either except to see if lasts till next halloween!

  8. Angela says:

    I actually did not look online for negative things about this otherwise wasted (again) commodity. I cut up (an uncarved one) it, scooped out the seeds, roasted them with olive oil, sea salt, pepper, smoked paprika & garlic powder—delish! Then I took away the stringy parts, cut the chunks into manageable sizes, placed the on parchment onto a cookie sheet & roasted until soft, then peeled, combined with garlic, onion, carrots, chicken stock, water & beer, made a soup that I blended (added NO dairy or coconut) just the beta-carotene goodness of the pumpkin & carrots & then placed pan-fried pancetta chunks (very small) on top. It was visually pleasing, almost gourmet tasting. NO waste. Plus I shared any leftovers with the squirrels & raccoons afterall, it is Fall & they are hungry too!

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