Picking Out The Perfect Pumpkin

October 5, 2018

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By now you've thought of how to design this year's jack-o-lantern and a trip to the pumpkin patch is all that's left. Believe it or not, not all pumpkins are the same.  There are several varieties all of which have their pros and cons depending on what you want from your gourd. Carving pumpkins are typically thinner and easier to saw into. They also have less guts on the inside, which are also grainier and stringier, making them easier to clean. Pie pumpkins, meant for baking, are usually smaller and more rounded. Hobbit and Autumn Gold are good medium sized, 7 to 10 pounders that are perfect for carving. Gold Rush and Wolf varieties are better for bigger jack-o-lanterns and weigh from 015 to 35 pounds.  Regardless of the pumpkin variety you choose, Pick it up (not by the stem) and give it a nice tap. You should hear a hollow sound and it should feel sturdy as you cradle it.  One final step to ensure your pumpkin is fresh. Flip it upside down and apply pressure with your thumbs. If it's not completely sturdy, the pumpkin isn't fresh and will rot quickly.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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