Trading tips for gutting, transferring, and carving the real thing.
By Jaydenbug
I am carving a pumpkin for a local carving contest and I need to preserve the pumpkin for a total of two full days before judging and need to know what all I can do to make sure the pumpkin still looks tip top shape two days after carving. I've read a few tips and just wanted to see all the suggestions as this is my first "serious" time carving. Thanks! :thumbsup:
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By Kayo
go look through pumpkin carving tips part of the forum there are lots of topics about this. one thing that works well is petroleum jelly good luck
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By Pargolf
Two days - In all honesty you should not have to do much. Wrap with seran wrap and put in the fridge. If you want to be fantsy, do a quick scrapping of the inside of pumpkin (Stay away from carved area) before judging. The moisture will come to surface giving you a nice clean sheen during judging!!! :thumbsup:

What are ya carvin???
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By Pumpken
It shouldn't start rotting in two days, but may shrivel up a little. Just soak it in cold water for a couple hours before the judging and it will be good as new. If it has to be on display for those two days before judging, I would soak it just before taking it in to make sure it has maximum moisture to survive.
By Jaydenbug
Thanks! Sadly I won't be able to do anything to it before its displayed and judged. I read the tips and will soak and do the petroleum jelly ideas beforehand.

I am hoping... if turns out good enough to either do Mike from Monsters, Inc. or Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.
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By SCAREcrow
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