How to preserve uncarved pumpkins

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “how to preserve uncarved pumpkins” and discuss the different methods of preserving uncarved pumpkins.

How to preserve uncarved pumpkins

Uncarved pumpkins can be preserved by :

  • Washing with a bleach solution, vinegar or dish soap.
  • Properly storing uncarved pumpkins at room temperature.
  • Coat with petroleum jelly or WD-40.

Carving pumpkins are used for Halloween decorations. Carving pumpkins are edible but they are not as delicious as cooking pumpkins. They are watery with little flesh and thinner skins. It is important not to consume any pumpkins preserved using bleach, WD-40 or petroleum jelly.

Before being carved, the pumpkins can be preserved by proper storage at room temperature. 

How to wash uncarved pumpkins

The first step to preserving uncarved pumpkins is proper cleaning. Cleaning the exterior will remove any microbes that result in spoilage. 

Uncarved pumpkins can be washed in one of 3 ways:

Washing with a bleach solution 

  • Prepare a bleach solution by mixing 1 part of bleach in 10 parts of water. 
  • Spray the whole exterior of the pumpkins with the bleach solution and scrub with a soft, clean brush to remove dirt. An alternative method is to soak the uncarved pumpkins in the bleach solution for about 20 minutes. 
  • Allow the pumpkins to air dry.

Washing with a vinegar solution

  • Prepare a vinegar solution by mixing 1 part of vinegar with 3 parts of water.
  • Soak the uncarved pumpkins in the vinegar solution for about 20 minutes.
  • Scrub with a soft, clean brush to remove dirt.
  • Allow the pumpkins to air dry.

Washing with dish soap and water

  • Wash the pumpkins with water and dish soap. 
  • Scrub with a soft, clean brush to remove dirt.
  • Allow the pumpkins to air dry.

How to store uncarved pumpkins

Raw uncarved pumpkins preserve well at room temperature. A properly stored raw, uncarved pumpkin can last for about 3 to 4 months. The following storage conditions preserve whole uncarved pumpkins for a longer time.

  • Uncarved pumpkins must not be refrigerated or frozen. Uncarved pumpkins must be stored in a cool, dark and dry place. Moisture will cause rapid spoilage of uncarved pumpkins.
  • Uncarved pumpkins must not be kept directly on the floor. Always keep them on a dry mat or a clean crate. Placing them directly on the floor may attract insects.
  • Place the uncarved pumpkins upside down so that the stalk is facing the floor.

How to preserve uncarved pumpkins with WD-40 and petroleum jelly

WD-40 is a lubricant used to protect metals from rusting. WD-40 protects uncarved pumpkins by acting as a sealant and a lubricant. WD-40 displaces moisture and keeps away insects and bacteria. This prevents the pumpkins from rotting.

Alternatively, you can coat the uncarved pumpkins with petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly will also work as a lubricant and sealant and prevent the pumpkins from rotting.

Make sure that the uncarved pumpkins are washed, cleaned and completely dry before applying WD-40 or petroleum jelly.

Using WD-40 and petroleum jelly preserves uncarved pumpkins for about 3 months.

Additional tips to preserve uncarved pumpkins

There are other household methods to preserve uncarved pumpkins. Some of these are:

  1. Use rubbing alcohol: Rubbing alcohol is a powerful disinfectant and will kill most of the bacteria that cause spoilage. 

To preserve uncarved pumpkins with rubbing alcohol:

  • Wash the pumpkins in a bleach solution, vinegar solution or dish soap and water.
  • Spray the pumpkins with rubbing alcohol.
  • Allow the pumpkins to air dry.
  1. Protect from animals: Insects, squirrels and rodents are a major threat to uncarved pumpkins. It is recommended to use homemade animal repellents. Several animal repellents can be easily made at home.

To make an animal repellent from hot sauce: 

  • Use a mixture of hot sauce, dish soap and water: Mix hot sauce, dish soap and water. Spray the surrounding area of the pumpkin with the mixture. The method for making a repellent for carved pumpkins can be found here.

To preserve uncarved pumpkins from animals:

  • Store uncarved pumpkins in an area unreachable by animals. For example in a closed garage or a basement.
  • Spray repellents on and around the pumpkin. Make sure that other vegetables are not stored nearby.
  1. Store the uncarved pumpkins away from ethylene producing fruits and vegetables: Some fruits and vegetables release ethylene gas during the ripening process. Ethylene causes nearby fruits and vegetables to ripen as well

To preserve uncarved pumpkins from ethylene:

  • Store the uncarved pumpkins away from ethylene producers such as apples, peaches, melons and pears.
  1. Maintain good ventilation in the pumpkin storage area: Make sure that the area your uncarved pumpkins are stored in is not too humid or hot. You can place a portable fan during the daytime when temperatures get too high.

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we answered the question “how to preserve uncarved pumpkins” and discussed the different methods used to preserve uncarved pumpkins.

If you have any questions or comments, please let us know.

References

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