Sunday, October 31, 2010

Carving Pumpkin 101

Most of you have learned to carve pumpkin in school at a very young age, but I had never seen a pumpkin until I immigrated to Canada.  Until yesterday, I was saying pumpkin like a little kid: "pumkin".  This post is for my friends and family back home who has never carved a pumpkin.

Step 1: With a long knife cut off the top of the pumpkin to make a lid.  The knife is inserted into the pumpkin at an angle before making its way around the top.  How big should this lid be is up to the individual and your design.

Step 2: Use a spoon or your bare hands, scrape out all the seeds and stringy stuff in the middle. Do not use water to clean the inside of the pumpkin.  It will cause it to rot and mold.  Use a paper towel to dry the inside.

Step 3: With a pen or sharpy, draw on your design and plan your carving path.  You can draw your patter on a piece of paper and use a pen to hollow out small dots on the pattern.  Then, trace the dots onto the pumpkin.  In North America,  carving kits are very popular and they come with these drawings.

Step 4: Using a small carving tool to carve out the outlines. Then with your fingers to push out the carved out pieces

Step 5: Light your candle(s) and then place it in!  Then put it outside during the night to scare your neighbor!

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