Pumpkin Carving: Save the Guts

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What to do with pumpkin guts?

pumpkin gutsAny parent who’s ever carved a pumpkin will tell you it’s super messy, super time consuming and so worth it. It’s something you get to have the whole family’s input on (you can even designate everyone their own pumpkin.) The only negative thing I can find in pumpkin carving is after it’s done there’s not much else to do besides look at it. Well, I’m going to give you some more to do with the pumpkin and what to do with pumpkin guts!

  • Roast the Seeds!

roasted pumpkin seedsPreheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Separate the seeds from the guts.

Pick out the seeds (without rinsing them) and lay them in a single layer on a buttered or greased baking sheet.

Bake for 10 minutes. Season before eating (we add a little cinnamon and sugar to ours as well as salt.)

  • Make a pumpkin pie!
  • Make a pumpkin soup!
  • Threaten your kids with them. “If you don’t eat your dinner, this is what you’ll eat for the rest of the week!”
  • Make a puking pumpkin. Carve the pumpkin and spread the “puke” around and have some coming out of the mouth. gross!puking pumkin
  • Mix the guts (sans seeds) with some fake blood and let your kids “dress up” with it. You can also use it as a centerpiece for a Halloween party.
  • Feed the leftovers to the birds (if you have smaller birds frequenting your yard roasted seeds are easier for them to eat.)
  • Puree the leftovers (sans seeds) and freeze it for future recipes.
  • Spread them on the table (on plastic or wax, not directly on your table!) as décor for a party. Just don’t keep them there too long, they start to smell after a few days – not to mention attracting fruit flies.
  • Dry the seeds and let your kids glue them to construction paper, making their own “pumpkin”.

Whatever you do, DON’T put the guts down the drain! You’ll be shelling out a ton of money due to them hardening in the pipes and causing clogs or cracks! What do you do with your pumpkin guts?