Halloween 2018 is officially over. All the skeletons have gone back in their closets, the ghosts have hidden in the attic and the zombies have gone back to their graves to rest for next year. So what do we do with the leftovers? It seems a waste to buy huge pumpkins and carve them just for one night surely?! Well, have no fear, here are 5 different things to do with your pumpkins after Halloween.
(Credit: The CW Network)
1 - Make Pumpkin Puree
Whilst it doesn’t sound appetizing it is an amazing way to use the leftovers and have no waste. Even those stringy bits! You can turn it into pumpkin muffins, breads and soups or a delicious pumpkin pie as it’s the base for most delicious autumnal dishes.
Creating the puree is quite simple: just boil, bake or steam your pumpkin. Though if you used a real candle in your pumpkin, make sure to cut it off and discard any burned sections or leftover way. You can even freeze the puree for future use to really cut down on waste.
2 - Make Your Own Pumpkin Spice Latte
You can practically hear the millennial's shouting ‘YAASS’. But it’s a great drink to try and make and instead of dropping £5 on a pumpkin spice latte that doesn’t actually contain any pumpkin, you can make your own...who knows, if you get good at it you could rival the biggest coffee shops…but you didn’t get that from me.
2 tsp pumpkin puree
1 pinch cinnamon
1 pinch ginger
1 pinch nutmeg
30ml espresso coffee shot
1) Place the pumpkin puree into a large heatproof glass
2) Add a pinch of each of the spices
3) Stir in the espresso shot
4) Heat 250ml milk of your choice in a saucepan until steaming and frothed
5) Pour the hot milk into the heatproof glass and top with froth
6) Stir to combine then dust with more cinnamon before drinking.
3 - Make Vegetable Stock with the Guts
While the flesh and seeds are often popular foods, the stringy bits usually goes straight into the bin, but try adding them to other veggie bits like carrot tops and onion ends to make a flavorful vegetable stock which will save you money in the long run!
4 - Bake Pumpkin Bread
Not only do you get a delicious product at the end of this but it can also be a fun activity to try out with others, especially if you’ve not tried it before!
Ingredients - Makes 2 loaves
425g pumpkin puree
250ml vegetable oil
600g caster sugar
450g plain flour
2 tsp bicarbonate of soda
1 ½ tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground cloves
¼ tsp ground ginger
1) Preheat oven to 180C / Gas 4 and grease and flour two 20x10cm loaf tins
2) In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended.
3) In a separate bowl mix together the flour, bicarbonate of soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. 4) Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just blended and pour into the prepared tins.
5) Bake for about 50 minutes in the oven. Loaves are done when a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean.
5 - Turn a Pumpkin into a Planter
Keep the festivities going by using your pumpkin as a planter for a small potted plant or a group of them. It’ll last for several weeks and by then you can plant it directly into your garden to decompose and give fresh nutrients to your other plants.
Now I’m off to my coffin to rest for another 365 days. I need my beauty sleep. Till next time.