10 Creative Ways to Reuse Pumpkin Guts This Fall
Pumpkin carving is going in full force, and we are here to help make the process more zero waste! Usually, all we focus on is the pumpkin itself, and we neglect what is on the inside. Today, we are here to tell you that the inside of the pumpkin is just as valuable and useful as the pumpkin itself! We will explore the most creative ways to reuse pumpkin guts this fall, so you never again have to throw away trash that is actually treasure! That way, every time it is time to carve pumpkins for Halloween, you will know exactly what to do with the leftovers. So, without further ado, here are the most creative options to repurpose pumpkin guts this Autumn:
Let’s explore the most creative ways to reuse pumpkin guts this fall
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10 Creative Ways to Reuse Pumpkin Guts This Fall
Make Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
This is the easiest way to repurpose the pumpkin guts after carving! You will only need four simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen – olive oil, cinnamon, and sugar. Just remove the seeds from the pulp, and rinse them. Let them dry for a few hours before drizzling them with olive oil. Then add a dash of cinnamon, sugar, and a little bit of salt. After that, place the seeds on a baking pan lined with baking paper, and toss them in the oven. Take them out after 10–15 minutes or until they are golden brown. Voilà!
Roasted pumpkin seeds are extremely delicious and nutritious
Make Pumpkin Purée
Another quick way to make use of pumpkin guts is to make some pumpkin purée for your recipes! First, separate the pumpkin seeds from the guts. Then carve a little bit of the pumpkin flesh and place it in a blender, along with the pumpkin guts. Blend until the mixture is smooth, and you are done! Pour the purée into an airtight jar and use it for your recipes!
Making homemade pumpkin purée for your recipes has never been easier
Make Pumpkin Soup
If you do not like to throw away food, there are many ways to avoid that. For example, the next time you are carving pumpkins, use the leftovers to make pumpkin soup! Usually, you might use only the pumpkin flesh, but you should also add the insides. Just make sure to blend the soup afterwards, so that it is silky smooth and delicious! You can roast the pumpkin seeds and sprinkle them on top of the soup as a crunchy topping!
Zero waste pumpkin soup is absolutely delicious and very easy to make
Feed The Birds
You might have not considered this before, but the pumpkin guts are a wonderful snack for birds. If you have chickens, crows, ravens, or ducks around, feed them the pumpkin insides instead of throwing them away. Both wild and domesticated birds will love them!
Birds, both domesticated and wild, will love snacking on the pumpkin insides
Use as Them a Fertilizer
If you are a gardener, this hack is for you! You can actually bury the pumpkin guts in your garden beds after you are done carving! The decomposing pumpkins will fill the soil with valuable nutrients that will help your plants grow healthy and thrive.
Bury the pumpkin insides in the garden beds for an extra boost of nutrients
If you do not have a compost in your backyard or garden, what are you waiting for? This is the easiest way to get rid of and repurpose your food scraps in a zero waste manner. So, if you have pumpkin guts that you do not know what to do to with or maybe some moldy pumpkin, cut them up into smaller pieces and throw them in the compost. Your garden will thank you later on!
Pumpkins are the perfect addition to your organic compost
Make a Face Mask
The pumpkin guts you usually throw away are actually abundant with vitamins and antioxidants your skin will absolutely love and benefit from. So, blend the pumpkin guts and a little bit of the pumpkin pulp. Then add some honey and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. Leave the mask on for around 20 minutes before washing it with warm water. The pumpkin will leave your skin glowing and nourished.
Pumpkin guts are packed with zinc, vitamins, and antioxidants your skin needs
Make a Fall Body Scrub
Another great fall DIY using pumpkin! If you want to keep your body glowing and super smooth, try making some pumpkin body scrub. Just blend the pumpkin guts until the mixture is smooth. Then add the sugar, honey, and a dash of sweet almond oil. Now you have the perfect product to keep you exfoliated, soft and smooth in the fall!
Keep your body smooth and glowing by making pumpkin body scrub
Blend Them into a Smoothie
If you want to add more fiber and a touch of sweetness to your smoothies, pumpkin guts are the answer! Instead of throwing them away, blend the mixture in high speed so that the texture becomes super smooth. Make sure to remove the seeds beforehand. Now you can continue making your smoothie by adding the rest of your ingredients.
Make a fall-inspired smoothie using the insides of the pumpkin
Feed Them to Your Dog
Did you know that your dog can enjoy some pumpkin? Yes! You can make the best fall-themed snack for your dog using the insides of the pumpkin. Just purée the pumpkin guts, and pour the mixture into ice molds. Pop them in the freezer and feed them to your dog whenever you want. They are easy to digest, while also being packed with vitamins and nutrients!
You can make delicious dog treats from pumpkin guts
Now you know the most creative ways to reuse pumpkin guts this fall!