What To Do With Pumpkins After Fall

Here is a SPOOKY fact: 900,000 tons of pumpkins produced annually will be trashed, rather than used as food or composted

 

95% of pumpkins are used at Halloween and then thrown away. 

Pumpkins are literally grown to be tossed away! Imagine  all of the time and resources put into growing something for the sole  purpose  of chucking it in the trash! 

Lets change that number. 

Pumpkins and other squashes are PERFECT for Fall décor- they are a timeless esthetic that is morw eco-friendly then there plastic counterparts  (that is if properly used)

Here are 4 Tips on what to do with pumpkins this fall to combat food waste:

 Kitchen/Edible Uses

Pumpkins are a versatile (and delicious ) addition to fall dishes! Here are three of my personal favorite and simple-to- make, (because you all know how much I LOVE to cook *sarcasm*)  recipes to incorporate pumpkin:

Most recipes call for you to puree your pumpkin first. What this means is you need to  peel off the skin, cutting the inside orange flesh into chunks then heating it gently in a pan. Add a splash of water, and if it looks like it’s getting too dry, add a splash more. It’s ready when its turned into a smooth paste. 

 Linked are some food recipes: 

pumpkin soup recipe

Here are my favorite drink recipes: 

 Skin Care 

Loaded full of vitamins and antioxidants, pumpkin is a wonderful ingredient to use for DIY face masks that will leave your skin glowing. This is my simple recipe to use leftover pumpkin pure:

DIY Pumpkin Face Mask

I N G R E D I E N T S

  • Honey 
  • Pumpkin (left over pure or from guts) 

I N S T R U C T I O N S

  1. Combine ingredients.
  2. Apply to face and let remain on skin for 15 minutes.
  3. Rinse off with lukewarm water.
  4. Enjoy.
  5. Be sure to store any remaining mask in the fridge for no more then three days.

NOTES

You can use leftover pure OR to be really zero waste you can use the  "guts" (stringy membranes) by puree them in a blender and use that puree for this recipe.

Composting 

Have a garden or community garden? Rather then tossing your pumpkin(s) in the trash destined for the landfill use it in the garden as compost- it will break down naturally and give your plants much needed nutrients! 

 zero waste pumpkins

If your pumpkin is carved set in on the ground outside and smash it to bits (this is so satisfying ) next put the pieces into your compost bin OR dig a hole in your garden burying the chunks in the ground. Be sure to cover it with a layer of dirt and or leaves.

Farm/ Sanctuary Donation 

Search around your local area for farms or animal sanctuaries that are accepting discarded pumpkins! These places are using them for compost, feed for pigs, or as a tasty treat for animals to enjoy!  

 

 

 

 

 


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