How to Preserve Pumpkins: I’m Lovin’ It

A favorite local business of mine, is Hillermann Nursery & Florist, and this time of year it is SO fun to visit!

You can see my visit to their Pumpkin Pandemonium in 2009

Pumpkin Pandemonium

and my fall visit in 2008.

I’m getting a late start this year……..but I’m planning my annual fall visit for this weekend.  I can’t wait to fill my porch and yard with all the orange, red and yellow!

I LOVE Hillermann’s tips on preserving pumpkins:

Preserving and Firming Up a Pumpkin

How to preserve pumpkins to make them last longer at

Place your pumpkin in a washtub of cold water, it will absorb the water and become very firm.  Cut open the top of the pumpkin and clean out all the seeds. Fill a washtub, sink or large bucket with cold water, and soak the pumpkin in the cold water. If you have fine detail work to do, you may want to let your pumpkin soak overnight. This will firm up the pumpkin flesh and allow you to do carving that is more intricate. You can add a small amount of unscented Clorox bleach in the water to prevent premature mold and bacteria growth. Once you have carved your pumpkin, you can add a thin amount of petroleum jelly on the exposed cut edges. This will help seal moisture in the flesh of the pumpkin. If the pumpkin dries out, it will shrivel. You can try to revive it by soaking it in a bath of cold water for one to eight hours. Longer is better. Overnight will not hurt. You can prepare your pumpkins ahead of time and keep them fresh for a future party or gathering. Soak them first. Wrap them in plastic wrap to hold in the moisture and store them in the refrigerator (not the freezer). They will stay fresh this way for a very long time. Once you remove a wet pumpkin for display, you should immediately dry it off. This prevents mold from having a chance to grow.

Don’t you just love this time of year!!………all the pumpkins…….all the color?

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A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog,, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+


  1. This is so awesome! Do you have to soak the pumpkin even if you aren’t going to carve it or do you just coat it in petroleum jelly?

  2. Love those pumpkintips, definitely going to be using them this year.

  3. Thanks for the tips Cheryl! I have LOTS of pumpkins, so they will come in handy.

  4. Thanks for the tips. We haven’t made our way to the pumpkin patch just yet, but my kids, 15, 16 are wanting to do, so hopefully soon.
    Thanks for hosting.

  5. Wow, GREAT tips on preserving and carving pumpkins!!! I learned several things–thanks!!!

  6. Hi Cheryl! Halloweenie is one of my favorite holidays, but I have three birthday’s to celebrate before then! My recipe this week is all about craving coleslaw and only having a red cabbage. Voila! Spicey-no-mayo coleslaw by mark bittman to the rescue! Alex@amoderatelife

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  8. All your pumpkins are delightful! Thanks for a great party!

  9. Your photographs are gorgeous! I do love pumpkins, squash and all the lovely autumn colours. Thanks for hosting!

  10. Thanks for hosting! I added your button to my Linky List 🙂

  11. Great tips!! Thank you so much for sharing. I will be bookmarking this info. And, of course, thanks for hosting another great linkup party! Have a fabulous weekend!

  12. My grandma lives in New Haven, a small town outside of Washington, I’ll have to go visit Hillerman’s next time I’m there!! Looks like a fun place!

  13. Very cool. I never would have thought of these tips on my own. Now, I need to go get some pumpkins!

  14. Such gorgeous pictures, Cheryl!

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  16. I love the pictures of the pumpkins…beautiful! And thanks for sharing those tips. I joined in your linky party for the first time today. Thanks for hosting : )

  17. thanks for the great tips-don’t know if our pumpkins are going to make it to carving but that’s because my 2 yr old throws them down the stairs everytime he goes outside!

  18. Thanks for hosting! Those are great tips! We have stopped buying pumpkins for the soft-ing issue! Had no idea there was a way to get around it! Thank You!

  19. I’ve never heard of soaking pumpkins….thank you!!! Great tips! Now I want to go pumpkin shopping!!!

  20. Hello! Thank you for hosting each week. I see lots of fun projects to go visit. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  25. What good tips! I always end up with moldy pumpkins on the porch. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I had never heard about soaking them in water before!! Thanks for the tip!

    I am joining your fun party this week!

    bee blessed

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  30. I have never heard of these tips before, fantastic!! Have fun this weekend love 🙂

  31. What great tips. In AZ there wasn’t much you could do, the heat just killed them. But I am looking forward to having a pretty pumpkin all through October here in Texas!!

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