It’s time to carve a Jack O’Lantern with the kids. But before you dive headlong into your pumpkin, be sure to check out these five essential tips to avoid while carving your Jack O’Lantern.
DON’T start carving the pumpkin immediately. Wash your pumpkin in warm, soapy water. This will reduce the spread of mold into the pumpkin.
DON’T cut the top of the pumpkin. Cut the bottom instead, which will keep moisture inside the pumpkin longer.
DON’T take the seeds out one scoop at a time. In a spiral motion, scrape the inside of the pumpkin until all the strings and seeds are free from the walls. Then it will come out in one drop.
DON’T carve big pieces first. Do the details first to avoid breaking.
DON’T put your pumpkins outside when you’re finished. Make sure to rub vaseline on all the edges to preserve the pumpkin.
From ABC News.