How many of you even think to reuse a Halloween pumpkin? Reusing my Halloween pumpkins is something I’ve been doing for many years. I guess I get it from my parents as I always remember the sad, droopy jack-o-lanterns getting a second life. Most of the time we fed them to our horses or wildlife, but occasionally, we made pies. And we ALWAYS saved the seeds to roast. Throwing something like pumpkin into the garbage would have been extremely odd.
Every year, we produce nearly 1.9 billion pumpkins in the United States. Most of which go completely uneaten. With our food waste rising to almost 40% being extra mindful of our pumpkin waste should be something to consider this year. Not to mention that pumpkins are SO much more than just fall decor.
Pumpkins are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins and can make some pretty darn yummy things. I can put away some pumpkin pie. I don’t even care, I’ll eat a whole one if presented the opportunity. But aside from pie, there are so many things that can be done to reuse a Halloween pumpkin.