I dusted off our cookie cutter stash and dug in. I was delighted to find a set of autumn leaves and acorn cutters. After a moment of excitement a rush of ideas flooded through me, and I got to work!
I'll give you the low down of what I quickly learned...
Pumpkin Carving- You will need a rubber mallet or a hammer, a pair of easy to use pliers, a knife, and the willingness to get your hands gooey. After my first couple cutouts I got the hang of it and discovered how much easier this technique is than trying to carve a face by hand.
It really is a simple as it sounds,
Once you've got an idea of your design and you've gutted your pumpkin, just tap the cookie cutter with your rubber mallet until you've pushed it all the way through. It will pop out on the inside of your pumpkin and you will have a perfect shape! If you cannot get the cutter all the way through just pull it back out with your pliers and use your knife to trace the shape the cutter made.
That all there is to it!
Be sure to keep your pumpkin seeds and even all that stringy goop that comes with it.
I have a recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds and pumpkin butter coming up next!
Easiest Roasted Pumpkin Seeds- Once you've gutted you pumpkin you can make your tasty snack. Here's the extremely easy recipe I stumbled upon for roasted pumpkin seeds.
Place pumpkin seeds and gooey strings in a large bowl filled with water, swish it around a bit to seperate the seeds from the strings (the seeds will float). Scoop out the seeds and dry with paper towels. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Place pumpkin seeds on an oiled baking sheet and stir around to coat the seeds. Sprinkle with salt and bake for about 25 mintues stiring again about halfway through to avoid burning.
Try seasoning your roasted pumpkin seeds with garlic salt and onion powder, or cayenne pepper for a spicier treat.
Check back for a pumpkin butter recipe to make with all your left over pumpkin goo and strings.
The Story of Jack O'Lantern- Ever wonder why we carve pumpkins? Here is the story of Jack-O-Lantern.
The story of the Jack o'Lantern comes from Irish folklore. Jack was a crafty farmer who tricked the Devil into climbing a tall tree. When the Devil reached the highest branch, Jack carved a large cross in the trunk, making it impossible for the Devil to climb down.
In exchange for help getting out of the tree, the Devil promised never to tempt Jack with evil again. When Jack died, he was turned away from Heaven for his sins and turned away from Hell because of his trickery. Condemned to wander the earth without rest, Jack carved out one of his turnips, took an ember from the devil, and used it for a lantern to light his way. He became known as "Jack of the Lantern."
All the pictures in this October 23, 2011 blog are copyrighted as my own.
Thank you allrecipies.com for this Jack O' Lantern story!