Curing pumpkins

How do I make my pumpkin last for more than a few weeks?

pumpkin faqs curing pumpkinsIf you want your pumpkin to last you need to cure them. Curing is a very simple process that involves hardening the skin and stem to protect the flesh inside from deterioration. If done correctly, your pumpkin should last for 3-6 months.

It is important to leave the stem as long as possible when cutting it from the vine (4 inches or more is ideal) and be sure to carry your pumpkin from the bottom and not the stem. Wipe off any excess dirt from the outside of your freshly harvested pumpkin and place it in a warm sunny location. Outside in the sun is ideal, and let it sit for about 2 -3 weeks. Rotate it periodically to make sure all sides are exposed to the sunshine but make sure you bring it indoors when frost or freezing temperatures are forcast. Pumpkins can not tolerate being frozen! Your pumpkin is cured when the stem dries up and the skin can no longer be pierced easily with your fingernail. Then bring it inside and store in a cool place, off the floor, until you need it.