Posted by: Leah | October 30, 2008

Carving the pumpkins

Remember the pumpkins we picked from the pumpkin farm a week or so ago?
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Well here’s what they look like right now!

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Why Carve Pumpkins?

The story of the Jack o’Lantern comes from Irish folklore. Jack was a crafty farmer who tricked the Devil into climbing a tall tree. When the Devil reached the highest branch, Jack carved a large cross in the trunk, making it impossible for the Devil to climb down. In exchange for help getting out of the tree, the Devil promised never to tempt Jack with evil again. When Jack died, he was turned away from Heaven for his sins and turned away from Hell because of his trickery. Condemned to wander the Earth without rest, Jack carved out one of his turnips, took an ember from the devil, and used it for a lantern to light his way. He became known as “Jack of the Lantern.”

What to do with the seeds.
Roasted pumpkin seeds have a nutty flavor and are packed with protein and fiber. Pumpkin seeds are delicious toasted and salted, but they’re even better flavored with sweet and savory spices.

How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds

1. Rinse pumpkin seeds under cold water and pick out the pulp and strings. (This is easiest just after you’ve removed the seeds from the pumpkin, before the pulp has dried.)
2. Place the pumpkin seeds in a single layer on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat. If you prefer, omit the oil and coat with non-stick cooking spray.
3. Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees F until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring after 10 minutes.
4. Let cool and store in an air-tight container.

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Responses

  1. wow leah! those are really good! 😉 nice trio of pumpkins. heeheh

  2. Wow, ganda naman yan! Thanks for the seed-roasting tip!

    Happy halloween!

  3. Nifty jacks 🙂 I’ve tried roasting pumpkin seeds before, but I’ve never been successful =( Happy Halloween!

  4. I will have to carve a few of these pumpkins today ! 🙂

    Nice tip on the pumpkin seeds.

    As for baking pumpkin pie, I have second thoughts coz pumpkin pies in grocery stores are so darn cheap … and tastier methinks 😎

  5. Great work on those pumpkins. Have a fun Halloween!

  6. cool. i know who you are? the one with a big smile!!!!

  7. Your pumpkins look great! I’ve always wanted to carve one so I guess it’ll be for next year. Hope you had lots of candies 🙂

  8. Thanks for the explanations… looks very scary in the end!

  9. Interesting story! I’ve never heard about Jack-o-lantern’s story before…strange how a number of these traditions that we have actually are from sad stories!

  10. wow! I wish I could learn to carve pumpkins like that…

  11. Hi. If you have time, I tagged you here.

  12. i didn’t know the history of jack’o! thanks for the info, and the fact it originated from ireland made me appreciate the tradition more. 🙂

  13. wow ang ganda 🙂
    Ikaw ba ang nag curve nyan? ang galing!


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