The scary waste of Halloween pumpkins

  
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The scary waste of Halloween pumpkins

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The scary waste of Halloween pumpkins


chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2019-10-25

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Halloween is a time for costumes and scares.

But here's a ghoulish fact: 8 million pumpkins are thrown in the trash after Halloween in the UK. That's 18 thousand tons of edible food gone to waste.

When people make Jack-O-Lanterns out of pumpkins, they throw away the nutritious flesh inside.

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Buzz of the Orient
1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

Don't forget to click the "SEEDED CONTENT" link at the top of the page to watch the video.

I have to admit that when I carved the pumpkins for Hallowe'en back in Toronto that I threw the insides, and after Hallowe'en the pumpkins in the garbage.  I never particularly liked to eat pumpkin then, but I do now.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    4 weeks ago

Does anyone here actually save and use the edible contents of a Hallowe'en carved pumpkin?

 
 
 
SteevieGee
2.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    4 weeks ago

We usually roast and eat the seeds but you're welcome to the pumpkin Buzz.  It'll be on the front porch.  The fruit flies will be disappointed though.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1    4 weeks ago

If you pay my return airfare and hotel bill for the necessary stay I'll be happy to come and get your pumpkin.  LOL

 
 
 
SteevieGee
2.1.2  SteevieGee  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2.1.1    4 weeks ago

I'll leave a check with the pumpkin Buzz.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
2.1.3  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  SteevieGee @2.1.2    4 weeks ago

Ah, so you think I was born yesterday. LOL

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.2  Kathleen  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    4 weeks ago

No, but I am going to make a recipe that calls for a hollowed out whole pumpkin with dinner inside of it.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
2.2.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Kathleen @2.2    4 weeks ago

OK I'm kind of intrigued.

 
 
 
Kathleen
2.2.2  Kathleen  replied to  SteevieGee @2.2.1    4 weeks ago

The recipe is on the group cookbook, yeah, I am curious myself. I never tried it yet.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
2.3  Vic Eldred  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @2    4 weeks ago

A long time ago one of my ex's tried to make a Pumpkin Pie from scratch using an actual Pumpkin. It was an awful lot of work. I assume that is part of the reason why Pumpkins go wasted at Halloween. I'm sure that's also the reason that by Thanksgiving the supermarkets sell so much canned Pumpkin Pie filling as opposed to Pumpkins.

 
 
 
Kathleen
3  Kathleen    4 weeks ago

I like roasting the seeds, but I have thrown out many pumpkins.  I always wondered if they could donate the carved pumpkins to the poor for food.  It always seems like such a waste.

 
 
 
SteevieGee
3.1  SteevieGee  replied to  Kathleen @3    4 weeks ago

Once you carve them they really don't keep very well.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
3.1.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  SteevieGee @3.1    4 weeks ago

Yeah, usually they remain carved for more than just Hallowe'en night. I don't remember what the inside of the pumpkin is like, but isn't it possible to carve away some of the thickness of the "meat" (pulp?) still leaving enough to maintain the pumpkin's shape, in which case a food donation of fresh food could be made right after carving?  If only the seeds can be removed in order for the structure to remain solid, that wouldn't be possible.

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.1.2  Kathleen  replied to  SteevieGee @3.1    4 weeks ago

Oops, I meant the pumpkins that are not carved....

 
 
 
TTGA
3.1.3  TTGA  replied to  Kathleen @3.1.2    4 weeks ago

Actually, you might be able to re use it, even after sitting out.  The recipe that you posted on the Cookbook calls for the pumpkin to be stuffed with filling.  Making the filling a bit more watery might rehydrate the meat of the pumpkin enough to make it work ok. Of course, the flavor may have deteriorated so that it might taste a bit bland or even spoiled.

 
 
 
r.t..b...
3.1.4  r.t..b...  replied to  Kathleen @3.1.2    4 weeks ago
Oops,

...squash that. They are a great addition to your compost pile (private or community garden) if you are into such things.

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.1.5  Kathleen  replied to  TTGA @3.1.3    4 weeks ago

You could be very creative if it is carved and stuffed. It might look like it’s getting sick if the filling spills out of the mouth.  Yuck!

 
 
 
Kathleen
3.1.6  Kathleen  replied to  r.t..b... @3.1.4    4 weeks ago

Thanks... good to know.

 
 
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