When else do you get the chance to carve a pumpkin? Halloween of course! This October, we are running a Coole Swan inspired Pumpkin carving competition.
Get involved by tagging @coole_swan in your creations on Instagram and we will choose five lucky winners who will receive a Coole Swan hamper which includes:
- x1 700ml bottle of Coole Swan,
- x2 Coole Swan Tumbler glasses,
- x2 Coole Swan Hot chocolate pots,
- x1 Coole Swan apron.
Our top five pumpkin carving tips:
1. Have a pumpkin carving plan
We recommend drawing out what you plan to carve before you make a cut on your pumpkin. Draw your design with a pen onto the pumpkin and start carving away.
2. Choose the right time to carve
Sometimes your pumpkin can last three weeks, other times it may start to decompose after three days. If you want to display your pumpkin for Halloween, you shouldn’t carve it at the beginning of October.
3. Leave the top of the pumpkin on
Removing the top of your pumpkin can mess with the structure of the pumpkin and also cut off the vine, which supplies the fruit with nutrients and moisture until it’s all dried out. Cutting off the bottom is also bad idea because pumpkins give off so much water when you cut them that all that liquid can start oozing out onto the table or whatever surface the pumpkin is on and really make a mess. We recommend cutting a hole in the back of the pumpkin instead.
4. Remove all the insides of your pumpkin
Leaving some bits of pumpkin behind inside can make your pumpkin go mouldy and spread to the walls of the pumpkin. Scrape the walls really thin and get every last little stringy bit out to make the walls drier and last longer before they start to break down.
5. Use an electric light to illuminate your pumpkin
LED lights get really bright, but they don’t give off heat. You want to keep the pumpkin as cold as possible, and if you have a heat source inside of it, the pumpkin will start to cook inside. Which will smell nice but doesn’t help with the longevity of the pumpkin.