|How-To Carve a Pumpkin
- Select a fresh pumpkin in a shape that pleases you. Some folks prefer their pumpkins low and round, while
some like them tall and oval-shaped.
- Cut around the stem end of the pumpkin with a sharp knife. Use a back-and-forth slicing motion to cut
through the thick, tough skin.
- Make an opening large enough to get your hand inside.
- Remove the stem end to create a cap, making sure you scrape off any seeds or pulp.
- Scoop out the seeds and pulp from inside the pumpkin, using a large spoon. Hold the spoon by its bowl
to get extra leverage while scooping.
- Draw a pattern for the face on the clean pumpkin with a felt-tip pen, or scribe the features into the
flesh using a pencil. Be sure to make the eyes, nose and mouth large enough to get the knife blade through
the tough skin.
- Follow your pattern to cut out the features of the pumpkin.
- Cut all the way through the skin and rind of the pumpkin.
- Push the cut-out features gently with your fingers and discard the pieces.
- Place a votive candle inside the pumpkin to create an eerie glow through the eye sockets.
|*If you are new to pumpkin carving, remember that straight lines are easier to cut than curved lines.
*Make a 1-inch notch in the cap so that the candle has enough oxygen to burn inside the pumpkin.
*Clean up any ragged edges after you have finished with the initial carving. A small, sharp knife works well
for this step. Line the cut edges with cooking oil to keep your jack-o'-lantern fresh for a longer time.
*The pumpkin seeds can be dried out and salted for a tasty snack.
*Rub cinnamon into the pumpkin lid to create a pleasant aroma while the candle burns.