On the 31 Octobereach year, Halloween is a time for pumpkin carving, apple bobbing, dressing upand trick or treating! Most likely originating from European harvest festivalsand festivals of the dead, it is celebrated by children and adults around theworld.
Will you Carve apumpkin this Halloween? If you do, your children will be more happy & loveyou very much. But how to carve? Today, Bana teaches you tocarve the perfect pumpkin in 7 easy steps. You don't want the embarrassmentof getting it wrong and to waste your efforts and money. Come on! Let us do it.
1. Choose the right pumpkin
There's nothingworse than a wobbly pumpkin, so it's best to choose one that has a flat bottomso it won't roll. If you did end up buying a wobbly pumpkin, straighten it upby carving a flat slice off the bottom.
2. Use the right tools
Pumpkin carvingtools are available from lots of stores these days. If you do use a knife, useone with a serrated edge as it acts like a saw and makes your carving easier tocontrol.
3. Cut out the lid at anangle
This is an important step. If you cut straightdown, the lid is more likely to fall into the lantern. Cut on an angle so thelid slots into place perfectly.
4. Scoop it out
Remove the seeds and flesh from your vegetable.Ice cream scoops do the job the best, with minimal mess and stickiness.
Don't waste the seeds, why not toast them andhave them as a snack? Boil them in salted water for 10 minutes, then toast themin the oven with a bit of olive oil until they're brown.
5. Draw your design or usea template
Use a marker pen to draw out your design beforeyou start cutting. Or better yet, print off a template and tape it to thepumpkin so you know exactly where to cut. You can produce more detailed designswith the use of templates.
6. Cut out your design
It's best to use a pumpkin carving tool forthis, as the serrated edge makes it easier to control what you're doing andthey're small enough to carve out intricate details.
7. Light up your lantern
For the traditional flickering pumpkin look,tealights work best. You can create a 'chimney' in the top of your lantern bycarving a small hole in the lid, which reduces burning. Make surenothing is dangling above your tealight to cause a fire hazard.