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9 Perfect Ways to Repurpose Leftover Pumpkin

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Pumpkins are an essential Halloween decoration. Visiting a local farm to pick one out and carve with spooky faces is an annual activity we all love to partake in, but what should we do with our pumpkins when the holiday is over? More often than not, our pumpkins end up in the trash. What a shame! There are so many ways to reuse pumpkins that aren’t wasteful and allow you to get the most out of this festive fruit.

Pumpkins are packed with health benefits that can be incorporated into cooking recipes, beauty regimes and can even be a homely decoration outside of the typical doorstep jack-o-lantern. Here are some great ideas of what to do with your pumpkins after Halloween…

 

1. Make a Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkins are loaded with vitamins, fiber and antioxidants that are great for our diet. So the first thing on our list is to take that leftover pumpkin and turn it into a useful cooking ingredient (plus it’ll come in handy for some of our other ideas on this list). Pumpkins that haven’t been carved or tampered with should never be thrown away, they are still ripe with use!

The first thing you need to do with those uncarved pumpkins is make a pumpkin puree. Creating a puree is a basic way to incorporate pumpkin into various recipes. Start by sawing the pumpkin in half, right down the middle from stem to the bottom. Pluck out the seeds and set them aside (save for later). Place the pumpkin cut-side down on a baking dish and bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 90 minutes. Once the flesh is tender and soft, scoop it out and blend it all in a food processor. Store it in the fridge and use for cooking, or freeze it for later.

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