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Man, I do this every year — carve pumpkin and then forget about it. These two bad boys were pretty ripe before Onkle B pointed them out to me.

Pity. Dude on the left was one of my better efforts. Carving pumpkins is one of the many things I think I ought to be good at, and I amn’t.

I wish I’d gotten a picture with the candle lit. As it is, it was all I could do to roll him into a trash bag without getting any on me.



Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 11, 2015, 10:33 pm

I should probably add that the one in the middle is a Kardashian pumpkin. He is entirely artificial.

Frank is currently auditioning for a starring role in The Walking Dead.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 12, 2015, 1:15 am

We have an artificial one, plus a tombstone we set up in a whithered flowerbed…looks pretty cool :+)

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: November 12, 2015, 2:51 am

They make stencils now. You just, you know, stencil, the design and the cut on the lines.

Seems like a waste of a good pumpkin to me. You can make pies outa those things.

Comment from mojo
Time: November 12, 2015, 5:21 am

I like Butternut squash better, myself.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: November 12, 2015, 5:37 am

This was the first year I didn’t carve a pumpkin since I took over for dad in the late 80’s. Nobody cared.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 12, 2015, 8:34 am

Have you ever made pies out of one of these big Halowe’en pumpkins? I did one year. Tasted like shit.

I’ve since been informed the ‘pumpkin pie filler’ in a can of Libby’s is actually butternut squash. Cannot confirm.

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 12, 2015, 3:39 pm

Just went yesterday to a local orchard/farm market to a) buy used bales of straw cheap from their displays now that they are tearing them down [for mulching garden and flower beds], and b) to get pumpkins, both for pies and for roasting the seeds. Ended up getting a huge Blue Hubbard Squash, because in our discussions the farmer mentioned that all commercial “pumpkin” is actually Blue Hubbard Squash because you cannot tell the difference in the flesh and the size is both larger and more consistent for processing. Since he has been farming them for longer than I have been alive [!!??!!]

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 12, 2015, 8:48 pm

Sweasel, although you can’t make a decent pie from a standard garden variety Hallowe’en pumpkin, their roasted seeds are quite tasty. It is a little tedious to separate the seeds from the rest of the gunk, but it’s not too bad. Roast the seeds in a shallow pan with a little butter and salt until they turn a nice dark golden brown. I haven’t tried it but I’ve heard a popcorn popper does the job well.

Comment from Mrs Compton
Time: November 12, 2015, 10:32 pm

There are special pie pumpkins, the big ones are just for carving up. The pie ones are small but you have to make sure it’s a pie one. Oh and I might add they really do make a fabulous pie!

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 13, 2015, 6:45 am

Uncle Al,

My daughter has a variation. Before you roast the seeds brine them in water with salt and brown sugar for a few hours. Drain and let them dry before roasting. It enhances the flavor.

Comment from J. S. Bridges
Time: November 14, 2015, 8:14 am

Having (in the not-so-recent past, but still…) grown both varieties while still living in sorta-rural MI, I can testify to the dual facts that 1) traditional-carving punkins and pie-punkins are distinctly NOT the same critters – although some of what we commonly called “sugar” or “pie” pumpkins may-at maturity-resemble the carving-types in some ways, “pie” gourds are not really suitable for lantern-carving and mostly vice-the-versa; and 2)”pie” or “sugar” pumpkins are generally smaller, thinner-hulled and faster-maturing than the jack-‘o-lantern types, and – as the (alternate) name implies – are notably higher in sugar content and substantially more flavorful to the human palate, even when in the raw state.

Traditional carving-type pumpkins make pretty good animal feed (generally, pigs and goats love ’em; cows, sheep and chickens are o.k. with ’em, though not notably over-impressed), but while they may be considered nutritionally-o.k., they’re not generally grown for human-food, ’cause: Cooked or raw, flavor is not too “useful”. As Uncle Al, et.al state, though, the roasted seeds are very nice.

And yes, a very large part of the contents of that Libby’s can consists of steam-cooked butternut squash, along with “pumpkin pie” spices, sugar, etc. – all the better to fill up that pie-shell, m’dear…Other brands may well use other variants from the edible-gourd family, can’t really say, meself…

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