1. Never carry your pumpkin by the stem
Hitting up the pumpkin patch before Halloween? Always carry your soon-to-be jack-o’-lantern from below. A pumpkin’s stem is part of its visual allure, and if it snaps, it can accelerate rotting.
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2. Store your uncut pumpkin in a cool, dry place
Once pumpkins ripen, they will deteriorate fast, and heat and light speed up the process.
3. Wash your pumpkin before carving
Ready to carve your jack-o’-lantern? Not yet, you’re not. First, wash it in a solution of 4 litres water and 1 teaspoon chlorine bleach. This will help prevent mold.
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