Hey! @mandylou4 here again! This time, I've got some tips to help your freshly cut pumpkin last longer and not end up as a squashed mess the day of Halloween.
○First of all, make sure that the pumpkin you purchase is free of mold or bruises.
○To help prevent mold growth, soak the un-cut pumpkin in a solution of of 1 teaspoon of bleach per gallon of water.
○After carving your pumpkin into some amazing design, periodically mist it with water.
○It's smart to coat any of the cut edges with Vasaline in order to keep the moisture from escaping.
○If you find that your jack-o-lantern's edges have begun to curl, soak it in a tub of water overnight so that it will re-hydrate.
○To slow the aging process, take the pumpkin (when it's not on display) and wrap it in plastic wrap before sticking it in the fridge.
○You could also take a damp towel and cover the jack-o-lantern with it when it's not on display.
What's your plan for your jack-o-lantern this Halloween? Comment!
Credit for these tips goes to www.diynetwork.com