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Pumpkin waste at an all-time high in UK

As such we’ve put together some tips on what to do with your leftover pumpkin flesh and carvings:

Just last week it was reported in the UK that food waste would be at record levels this month as an estimated 8 million pumpkins are carved for Halloween and subsequently binned. This equates to an approximate 18,000 tonnes of pumpkin flesh that could well have been eaten. 

Make soup or pumpkin puree

Separate the seeds from the guts of the pumpkin and then for soup bring to the boil with some stock, onion and any other favourite vegetables. Once the veg has softened then blend the ingredients together until smooth. Serve with chunky bread for an autumnal treat or freeze once cooled for a later date. 

For pumpkin puree again you’ll need to separate all the seeds out and then just blend or food process until smooth. You can then use this puree as a basis for lots of dishes including curry, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie and more. 

Roasted pumpkin seeds

For a delicious snack this is a simple solution. Spread the separated pumpkin seeds out on a baking tray and lightly drizzle olive oil on top. Pop in the oven to roast until they’ve a golden toasted appearance and then enjoy!

Pumpkin juice

As inspired by Harry Potter as a firm Diagon Alley favourite you could use your pumpkin flesh to make this wizard mixture. Pour boiling water over the flesh including stringy areas and seeds. Let it soak for around half an hour and then strain, removing any solid parts. To sweeten you can add insome brown sugar with the boiling water. Put together with some apple juice for an extra seasonal twist. Adults only can add some apple cider for an alcohol inspired pumpkin treat.

Feed wildlife or use as a planter

For the pumpkin lantern itself once you have finished with it you can feed the leftover shell to wildlife. Leave in your garden or take to a nature spot and leave for wildlife to eat. Alternatively, you can turn it into a planter. Fill with compost and some of your seasonal favourite plants and plant in your garden. The pumpkin will naturally fertilise and compost in the soil over time.

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