October is the time for carving pumpkins, a tradition that came from the Irish practice of making Jack O’Lanterns out of not pumpkins, but radishes, to ward off evil spirits. We’ve since reinvented the custom, and as of last year, 147,882,426 Americans said they plan to carve pumpkins in 2018!
But what happens to the carvings–or the insides of all those pumpkins? We’ve compiled a list of uses for your Halloween pumpkins.
Roast the seeds
We’ll start with the obvious: roasted pumpkin seeds. These are popular and easy to make. After extracting them from the rest of the pumpkin insides and cleaning them off, you can drizzle them with olive oil, sprinkle some salt on top and pop them in the oven for a a few minutes for a quick and delicious snack!
Stir up an apple pumpkin cider
There’s even a solution for using those slimy center parts of the pumpkin! Pull out the insides and boil them in a pot with plenty of water to make a pumpkin-flavored broth. After straining the broth, mix it with mulled apple cider, cinnamon and nutmeg to make a delicious hot apple-pumpkin cider, perfect to warm you up on those cold fall nights.
Puree your own pumpkin butter
Pumpkin butter, best served on toast or muffins, can easily be made using your Bamix immersion blender. Simmer the mixture with apple juice and spices for about 30 minutes in a saucepan, or even better, throw them all in a crockpot and let it sit to cook on low overnight (find the full recipe here)! There’s nothing better than waking up to your whole house smelling of fresh pumpkin butter, ready for you to spread on your morning toast.
Treat your skin with this scrub
As if we didn’t already have enough reasons to love pumpkin, it’s also great for your skin! Make an all-over pumpkin body scrub to brighten, exfoliate and smooth your skin. This super easy recipe lasts for about a week, so it’s best to make in small batches.
Warm your soul with some pumpkin and butternut squash soup
Soup is a perfect meal for those crisp autumn nights. This one, courtesy of Nutrimill, makes use of your pumpkin carvings along with some delicious spices and ingredients. To make your own pumpkin puree for use in the soup, cut your pumpkin into pieces, place in the oven at 425F and roast until the pumpkin is soft, then purée in your Bosch food processor attachment in batches until puréed.
Make pumpkin pie, duh!
Purée the cut-outs from your Jack O’Lantern along with any flesh you scraped out, again, using your Bosch Mixer food processor attachment and use the homemade puree instead of canned pumpkin in your favorite pumpkin pie recipe.
Never let Jack O’Lantern carvings go to waste again with these helpful and delicious recipes!