Fall is officially here and with it’s cool crisp air come Jack O’ Lanterns! Carve up some of the Halloween’s spirit into your day with some pumpkin carving tips from Paula’s Test Kitchen.
Step 1: First pick out a fresh pumpkin for carving. Give it a knock to make sure it’s not rotten on the inside and check the stem for browning or dryness. Next gather your tools. We recommend the following: T pins, a small-serrated knife, serrated carving tool, tape, scissors, and an ice cream scoop. And most importantly, don’t forget to print out a PaulaDeen.com exclusive pumpkin-carving template!
Step 2: Use the serrated knife held at a slight angle to carefully cut a whole in the top of the pumpkin.
Step 3: Use the ice cream scoop to remove the seeds and pulp from the pumpkin. Rinse off the seeds to prep for this delicious recipe.
Step 4: Print and cut out the pumpkin carving template and tape to the front of your pumpkin. Use the T pin to trace the design by poking holes into the flesh of the pumpkin.
Step 5: Remove the paper and use a small -serrated carving tool to carve out the design.
Step 6: Boo Y’all!
**If you don’t have all these materials at home you can buy inexpensive carving kits at almost any craft store or pharmacy.
Click the image below to download your pumpkin pattern!