Tips for Carving a Pumpkin
Here are some of Tanya’s quick tips to make sure you get the best results for your pumpkin carving:
1. A serrated knife works well for creating a hole in the pumpkin. It’s preferable to carve the hole in the bottom of the pumpkin to cut off any bumps so the pumpkin will sit level. It’s also much easier to place the pumpkin over a light source rather than lowering the light, like a candle, into the pumpkin.
2. A large metal spoon or ice cream scoop is great for removing the pumpkin seeds. Another option is a battery-operated spinner that’s made specifically for scraping the insides of the pumpkin walls.
3. Small, paring knives are great for carving designs into the pumpkin. Pumpkin-carving kits, made specifically for kids or adults, are another good source. Battery-operated, pumpkin-carving knives also make quick work of even intricate designs.
A pumpkin will only last a few days to a week, so I’d wait until a few days before Halloween to carve your pumpkin.