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5 Reasons to Cut Your Pumpkin From the Bottom
5 Reasons Open Your Pumpkin from the Bottom
You know how to carve a pumpkin. You've been doing it for years. But have you ever stopped and asked yourself if there is a better way? Is cutting the stem off to make a lid the best way to do it?
I instead open the pumpkin from the bottom. I think it looks nicer without the lid cut, but in addition to that, there are several other benefits.
I know that might come as too big a change - it's not like how your Dad taught you - but if you have an open mind, you might just change your style.
How Do You Usually Carve Your Pumpkin?
1. No Risk of Cutting the Lid Wrong
Anyone that has ever carved a pumpkin (from the top) knows that you have to cut the lid at and angle so that it doesn't fall in.
Sometimes, you just don't cut it correctly and your lid falls in. Sometimes it falls in immediately. Other times, it may seem okay, but a few days later, as the pumpkin rots and shrinks, the lid can't hold it's place and falls through.
When you cut your hole into the bottom of the pumpkin, you should also cut toward the center of the pumpkin so it sits firmly on the bottom, however if your cuts don't work out, it's not as big a deal, because it can set without the cut out bottom.
Take for example the guy in this photo. His cuts were vertical for the lid, and I think when he put's it back on, he'll see it drop straight through
By cutting your hole in the bottom of the pumpkin, you don't risk having a bad lid, and you don't have to start all over.
2. More Space to Carve
The cuts for the lid reduces the amount of space you have to carve.
This is especially the case when cutting a smaller pumpkin, since you have to cut the lid large enough to fit your hand through
By cutting the hole on the bottom, where you can't see it, you have more space at the top to carve without hitting the lid.
If this pumpkin didn't have a lid, the face could have been raised a bit and not been so crowded on the pumpkin.
Cut a notch in the hole of your pumpkin, so you can easily line it back up.
3. You Can Level a Wobbly Pumpkin
Not all pumpkins are naturally inclined to stand straight up. Some want to lay on their sides, and some just stand a bit leaning over.
By cutting the pumpkin on the bottom, you can give it a flat bottom. This is also handy to tip the pumpkin heads up little bit.
Having control over how the pumpkin sits, you can use pumpkins you wouldn't have considered carving with a lid. This means you have more choices at the pumpkin patch, and sometimes you can get a better deal. Plus, if you've procrastinated in buying your pumpkin and find the pumpkin patch has slim pickings, you can use one of the lesser quality pumpkins that are left.
4. You Don't Get Burned Putting in the Candle
This is a simple issue of safety. When you reach down into a pumpkin to light it the flame comes right back up toward your hand.
By cutting your hole in the bottom of your pumpkin, you take away this possibility completely. You would simply place the candle where you want the pumpkin to be, and then set the pumpkin over it.
If you do decide to cut a top in your pumpkin, make sure to use a long match or a lighter to start the candle. Nothing ruins Halloween like a burn.
If using a candle - vent the top!
Heat rises - there's no getting around that. So, in if you are using a candle to lite your jack-o-lantern, then cut a vent hole in the top. I like to cut a hole about 2 inches around just behind the stem. This lets the heat and smoke escape so you don't run into any problems.
Gorgeous Pumpkins - Cut From Bottom
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5. You Can Use Wired Lights
A candle is certainly the most popular light for a carved pumpkin, and its natural flickering is the most beautiful, however you may want to to automatically turn on (and off) at night. You may also be concerned about kids or pets getting to it causing burns or a fire. set it on a timer
Electric lights can be used year after year and give off betting light then the small battery candles are they sell for pumpkins.
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