Wednesday, October 22, 2008

On pumpkins

Growing up, we carved our pumpkins simply, without special tools. & we roasted the seeds. We even ate the seed shells...

Now I see elaborately carved pumpkins...
I see pumpkin carving tools...
I see pumpkin seeds sold in the store not in the shells...
I see painted pumpkins...
I've seen homes decorated with unblemished pumpkins (no carving, no painting)...
Heck I even see pumpkin recipes - that don't assume that you get your pulp from a can!

What do you do to your pumpkins? (if anything)

9 comments:

Suzan said...

My pumpkin carving days are over. Back in the day, we carved them (my former husband and I had competitions) and they were really pretty cool. I never did anything at all with the "guts" except throw them away. I did make my pumpkin pies with little sugar pumpkins that I cooked off. Now I just use the canned stuff.

paula, the quilter said...

Like Suzan, my pumpkin carving days are over. But in the day, it was a simple scary face carved with a paring knife. I cleaned the seeds and roasted them up. By the time Halloween was over, the pumpkin was too far gone to use for pies or bread, and besides, it was easier to buy a can of pumpkin.

Not Lucy said...

As a child, we carved ours with a paring knife just one or two days before Halloween. We always roasted up the seeds! It was lit with a candle on Halloween and the next day Mom cooked them up for pies, etc.

When we had kids we did about the same thing for our own kids since we never get trick or treaters and we live way off the road. Now there is no reason to carve them since no one will see them but if I have a pumpkin I cook it up since homemade pumpkin is better than canned!

Kim West said...

We used to just buy the plastic tools that you just poke in the pumpkin. Here in Hawaii, pumpkins are WAY too expensive (50 -60 cents a pound) to buy pumpkins just to carve and do nothing with them (I don't like pumpkin taste)

2ndAvenueStudio-Rachel said...

I like to clean them out and roast the seeds on parchment paper with salt. then drill holes in holes in them with my husbands paddle bits.
I have electric candles for the inside. I also just plop them outside uncarved for decor.

I have a set of tools but I always regret carving... too much time. .

I like to do this on Halloweenday and munch seeds while I hand out candy and wait for the next munchkin.

No cooking of pumpkin.

Libby said...

I would still carve . . because it's fun, but our weather is so HOT right now that even uncarved pumpkins wouldn't survive the front porch. I do enjoy the specialty carving kits. Hubby is willing to participate if I have those fun things on hand.
Love to roast the seeds. Eaten out of hand, on a salad or topping soup, they are just yummy (shells on please)

Kay said...

I always hated carving pumpkins when the kids were little. I can't remember doing it as a child, but I know we did. Anyway, now I'm glad to decorate with plain pumpkins, especially since there are those beautiful "designer" ones in more subtle colors.

Rian said...

I used to do a fancy pumpkin carving every year (and I ate the seeds, shells and all, also) but I got over it.

The Calico Quilter said...

We enjoyed making jack-o-lanterns with one of those specialty carving sets (plastic handles, not expensive, but very effective) and created some really striking ones, but it's never cool enough in Tennessee for them to last any time at all outside. And I don't have room in the frig to store the pumpkins when they're not on display! I never used the "innards" - don't like pumpkin seeds and nobody but me was that crazy about cooked pumpkin.