When you walk up to your local Brookshire’s these days, you’ll be seeing orange. Pumpkins, that is, vast expanses of these beautiful harbingers of Halloween.
Whether you buy your pumpkin now or next week, there’s an easy way to help it last longer once you carve it out for your harvest party or trick-or-treating.
After you cut into your pumpkin and scoop out the insides (don’t forget to toast the seeds tossed with a little olive oil and sea salt), dip your pumpkin into a large container of water and bleach at the ratio of 1 teaspoon of bleach per one gallon of water.
The bleach will help kill bacteria and help your pumpkin last longer.
Dry your pumpkin upside down.
After it’s dry, add two tablespoons of vinegar and one teaspoon of lemon juice to a quart of water. Brush inside your pumpkin to keep it fresh for a much longer time.