7 Clever Ways to Use Your Leftover Pumpkins

After Halloween has come and gone, pumpkins only have a few weeks before they're replaced with Christmas trees and holly wreaths.

You can still make the most of your leftover pumpkins, however, whether you repurpose them for food or creatively finesse your own fall-themed decorations.

Here are seven ways to use leftover pumpkins that haven't been carved yet.

1. Pumpkin puree

Bake the flesh of your pumpkins, scoop it into the blender, and puree it. You can use pumpkin puree in a variety of ways: in soups or smoothies, as a pizza sauce or in baking recipes.

2. Pumpkin seeds

Extra pumpkins can be gutted and cleaned of their seeds - which can be roasted on a baking sheet for a healthy snack. Simply toss clean pumpkin seeds with a little olive oil and the seasoning of your choice. Roast on low heat until seeds are crispy and slightly golden.

3. Pumpkin vase

Use a hollowed-out pumpkin to creatively arrange flowers or fall foliage inside. A pumpkin vase can be the perfect centerpiece for your kitchen table or a holiday party.

4. Pumpkin aromatherapy

An uncarved pumpkin can be used as aromatherapy (who doesn't love the smell of pumpkin?). Just clean out the inside, add a few slits for ventilation and burn a candle inside the pumpkin to fill your home with a fresh fall scent.

5. Pumpkin facial

Use cooked pumpkin to make an antioxidant-rich facial mask. Mix together 2 teaspoons of cooked pumpkin and 1/2 teaspoon of honey and apply to the skin for 10-15 minutes.

6. Pumpkin feed

Turn your leftover pumpkins into animal feed by donating them to a local farm or animal organization. Nothing will go to waste and you'll have done a good deed for our furry friends.

7. Pumpkin floating candles

Cut the stem off of a mini pumpkin and trace the diameter of a tea-light candle on the top. Carve this section out so you can easily rest the candle snugly inside the pumpkin. Float the pumpkin in a decorative bowl for some festive cheer.

Source:
Huffington Post

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