No, pumpkins are not combustible. They don’t catch fire. Still, safety cautions should always be implemented. Using real candles helps dry out pumpkins by warming and eventually drying them out. This can hasten the onset of symptoms associated with rotting. The digestive juices in the pumpkin are likely what causes it to come into a “gooey mess.” Once that begins, the process is self-sustaining. This is what happens when the pumpkins are partially pre-roasted before we start cutting them up. They generate enough heat to produce moisture, possibly causing mold and white spots that can attract insects, bacteria, fungal spores, molds, etc.
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Basic Safety Precautions
- Make sure pumpkins are clean and dry.
- Discard those that have spots, evidence of water damage, or decay.
- Don’t leave open pumpkin containers out in lights or near any other combustibles. Keep a well-ventilated area as far away from things like wood stoves or fireplaces, use a bug horn-type device to keep pests out in the open, and move pumpkins away from doors, windows, or other openings if desired that are outdoors should be cleaned with soapy water before use always wash your hands after handling a pumpkin.
- Wash immediately when finished cutting up a test for toughness.
What To Put On Pumpkins To Preserve Them?
It is more likely that pumpkins that have been carved will rot more quickly than pumpkins that have not been carved. These skeleton pumpkins will provide pests with a wealth of hiding spots as well as an abundance of delectable pumpkin flesh to feast on. Before you start carving your pumpkin, you need to make sure that it has been thoroughly cleaned. A quick dip in a bleach solution can help your pumpkin retain its freshness for longer. To get you started, here are some simple steps to follow:
- After the carving is completed, the pumpkin ought to be washed with water.
- Mixing bleach and water in a large enough bucket to hold your pumpkin is the first step in cleaning it. There ought to be sufficient of this to cover the pumpkin in its entirety.
- Place the pumpkin in the water and make sure it is completely submerged for two minutes while holding it in your hands (gloves recommended).
- To dry the pumpkin, remove it from the bucket and place it somewhere with plenty of air circulation.
- Applying petroleum jelly all over your pumpkin will prevent it from drying out and cracking. If you want to keep pests at bay, combine petroleum jelly, hairspray, acrylic finish spray, and tabasco sauce in a container and shake well.
Additional tips for maintaining the freshness of pumpkins after they have been carved are as follows:
- Make use of lights that are powered by batteries rather than actual candles.
- When it is not being displayed, place the pumpkin in a cool, dark location (like a basement), or keep it in the refrigerator for the night.
- Spray the pumpkins that have been carved with a mixture of water and bleach once every day. Assists in the retention of moisture and protect against decay.
- If you give a pumpkin that is wilting a bath in cool water, it will perk back up. The pumpkin should spend the night submerged in a large container filled with cold water that you have prepared in advance. Once the rehydration process is complete, it will reappear fully hydrated and prepared to return to the front porch where it was originally found. Before being displayed again, ensure that the item has been thoroughly dried.
- Spraying pumpkins that have been carved with the clear acrylic spray will help protect them from insects and bacteria.