How to Make Your Jack O’ Lantern Last Longer

Terri O - How to Preserve Your Pumpkin

Tip from Terri O: The pumpkin on the left was preserved with hairspray. After 6 days: it was getting soft spots and mold. The pumpkin in the center was preserved with a combo of bleach, lemon juice and vinegar. Nope. That did not work. But the pumpkin on the right was preserved with 2/3 cup bleach per gallon of water. After 6 days, it looks fabulous!

Carve your pumpkin.

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water and add 2/3 cup of bleach. If that is not enough water to cover your pumpkin double the recipe.

Let soak for 24 hours.

Remove pumpkin and place upside down so it will drain well.

Super. Simple.

Enjoy for as long as you can!! Mine lasted at least a week as of this posting!

t o pumpkin

Shiny pumpkin tip: Rub on little bit of oil with a tissue or cloth.


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