Jumbo Pumpkin Carving Kit
I am not a pumpkin carver. I tend to be a bit squeamish about the guts and the overwhelming scent of the innards have always been near painful to my sensitive nose. Also: can any of you say unnecessary mess? Am I right?
Then one day not so long ago I was meandering around a local store when I came face-to-face with a bright orange scoop and a tiny saw on the end-cap surrounded by candies and costumes. For the first time in years I was drawn to the want to carve pumpkins. Why now? Because this package also had patterns and a dotting tool to essentially trace and perforate your squash!
Not only were there faces to follow: there were shapes, creatures and entire haunted house themes!
My man and I went back to the produce department and carefully selected three pumpkins to take back home - two to butcher and one more to make a pie from (I hear if you use your carving pumpkins for pie you risk bacteria). I, of course, bought the tiniest vegetation I could find without taking any heed to the fact that I was buying a JUMBO Pumpkin Kit.
It didn't matter! As you can see by my pictures on this page the carving tools were an absolute success! I didn't end up using the patterns (though he did). The poker included in the package is great because it not only gives you something to follow but makes it easier for the rounded tip of your 'blade' to pop through the skin.
The scooper is classic, redesigned only in minor ways to make it that much easier to peel the skin and seeds away from your modern bowl.
Be sure to make something fun out of your pumpkin seeds, too! We used cinnamon, sugar and pumpkin pie spice on one set of them; for the second we used cayenne pepper, salt, garlic powder and ginger! They were delicious!