Monday, October 24, 2011

What Does the Inside of a One Year Old Pumpkin Look Like?


We found out this weekend. Last year we bought a pumpkin and never got around to carving it. I read online that pumpkins are pretty hardy and will last up to one year. So I stowed it away in the pantry (call it a little science experiment). I got a lot of funny(more like grossed out) faces when I told my friends I would attempt to carve it. See below for what the inside looks like.
Picture on the left is one year ago, Oct 2010.  Picture on the right is today Oct 2011.
Avery has grown, pumpkin pretty much the same, but had more wrinkles (kinda like me).


This is what a one year old pumpkin looks like from the inside.
It looks like cobwebs, but its just all dried up pumpkin guts.

Elmo pattern found on internet.

I read that those silica packets help with the pumpkins not molding.

Our pumpkin carved.

The verdict: Carving a one year old pumpkin was so much easier because it was drier. The shell was easier to carve, although a bit more brittle. The insides of the pumpkin weren't as slimy.  And the pumpkin seeds that came out of the pumpkin? They were plumper. Gonna run out and buy a pumpkin this year, and save it for next!... maybe.

Free Elmo pumpkin pattern found here http://pumpkinglow.com/images/PDFpatterns/Elmo.pdf

18 comments:

  1. Following from 99% blog hop. Love the Elmo pumpkin

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  2. its so nice! I am following back dear girl :)

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  3. So cute! I'm surprised it didn't mold! Stopping by from the Take three tuesday hop!

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  4. Love it!!!!

    New Follower from Exposure 99% Blog Hop. Hoping you will follow back! =0)
    My Crazy Life

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  5. Hi - following you from Take Three Tuesday hop. Cute pumpkin! I've never heard about using silica packs. Very interesting. Have a great day.
    http://mccormickmadness.com

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  6. Wow, thats pretty neat! An the Elmo carving is too cute! Thanks for following, following you back! =)

    Trisha

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  7. Thank you for letting us know about the silica packets, great tip! I'm following through the Exposure 99% hop, hope you'll stop by my blog!
    ~Kelly
    http://www.savvysuburban.com

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  8. Oh, I see that you already did! The link to your blog didn't work a few days ago, so glad it did today, your blog is lovely!
    ~Kelly

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  9. oh my goodness!! I never would have guessed that a pumpkin can stay for up to a year!! That is so interesting! PS I love the Elmo you carved!! Super cute!!! Thanks for stopping by my blog!!
    xoxo

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  10. you have such fun creative ideas here on your blog! new follower, glad to know ya :)

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  11. Hey, thanks for the follow! Following back! I may have to save mine from this year, because I hate pumpkin guts!

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  12. I love how you're showing us what the inside of a one-year-old pumpkin looks like, so funny! I also love the pics of Avery next to the same pumpkin during the course of a year...she's so cute and has grown so much! I'm following you back from the blog hop. Take care!
    www.urthbaby.blogspot.com

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  13. I was told to rub all the cut areas (inside and face cuts) with Vaseline to keep the air off. It retards mold growth and makes your jack o'lantern live longer.

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