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November 2, 2023

What to do with your leftover pumpkin decorations

All news What to do with your leftover pumpkin decorations

At this time of year, pumpkins are everywhere, and your favourite public market is no exception! But this seasonal decoration is often thrown away after Halloween, making them one of the most wasted foods in autumn. So why not get into the habit of eating 100% of the pumpkins you buy (except for the stalk)? Here are a few ideas for cooking your pumpkins and stocking up for the year!

Avoid piercing the decorative pumpkin

Traditionally, on the evening of 31 October, you empty the pumpkin, pierce it and place a candle inside. However, this will probably prevent you from cooking the pumpkin afterwards. There are several ways to decorate a pumpkin without putting holes in it, simply by sticking accessories on it. You’ll find inspiration on DIY and decorating websites like Pinterest. It’s also a great opportunity to decorate your pumpkin using the packaging that fills up your recycling bin – a small gesture that’s doubly zero-waste!

Leftover cooked pumpkin

Grill the pumpkin for better preservation

Ready-to-cook mashed pumpkin slices

I also sometimes mash everything up and freeze it in silicone muffin tins to make ready-to-thaw ‘slices’. So if I’m planning to cook a recipe that calls for 500 ml (1 cup) of purée, all I have to do is defrost 2 or 3 slices, and that’s it! Thanks to these slices, I’m eating pumpkin a lot more often, adding it to smoothies, soups, sauces, hummus, muffins, whipped cream and so on.

Choosing your pumpkin

Finally, there are several varieties of pumpkin that can be cooked in different ways. Ask your merchant about the best varieties for your needs. They’ll probably have a few bonus recipes to share with you!

Stored in a cool, dry place away from light, your pumpkin will keep for several days, or even a few months. So this year, I’m challenging you not to waste your Halloween pumpkin, but to enjoy it!

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