How to Keep Your Pumpkins Looking Fresh Longer

UPDATE September 19, 2015: Want to learn how to carve pumpkins like these? I’m creating a set of step-by-step video tutorials. Check out Carve Awesome Pumpkins for more info!


In the past, I’ve done all or most of my pumpkin carving on Halloween. Anyone who’s carved a pumpkin knows that it doesn’t take long before it starts to dry out and shrivel, distorting the image. Finally, I’ve found an easy way to preserve my pumpkins and keep them looking fresh longer, allowing me to carve ahead of time.

I learned this tip on the forum. You have you any questions about pumpkin carving, that is THE place to go. The folks there are knowledgeable, helpful, and just plain fun!

Last night, before I went to bed, I filled a large Rubbermaid bin with water and added some bleach. I didn’t measure, just poured a little bit in.  I put in my carved pumpkin and left it there overnight.

This morning, my pumpkin looked just as fresh as it did when I finished carving it! The only difference was the bleach turned whitened the shaved flesh a bit. A small trade-off for keeping the pumpkin looking fresh.

Minnie Mouse pumpkin after bleach bath


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