How to Preserve Cut Pumpkin

Some pumpkins can be too large to make use in one go. After cutting a pumpkin open though, there's a risk of the open flesh going mouldy. Keeping it longer can be aided by a little pepper and some refrigeration.

Steps

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    Cut the pumpkin as required for your recipe.
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    For the piece that you're keeping, sprinkle pepper over the entire cut surface of the pumpkin. This will prevent the pumpkin from going off.
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    Store. Unless your home/kitchen is experiencing a heatwave, you should find that the cut pumpkin treated with pepper doesn't need to be stored in the refrigerator unless you want to, or have the space. It should be covered though (a cake cover is a good idea) to keep off insects. Place it into the pantry and it'll stay fresh for a while.

Tips

  • Use common sense when reusing cut pumpkin. Check for mould or rot before use and discard if it has deteriorated.
  • Remove the seeds before storing.

Things You'll Need

  • Pepper
  • Cut pumpkin
  • Storage space and cover

Article Info

Categories: Food Selection and Storage | Squash