exhaustive test and rendered all three of those options as bad ideas. The winners were the "control" (untreated) pumpkin, the one treated with a very weak bleach solution and another with a commercially available pumpkin preservative. Here are some tips to really decelerate the demise of your carved masterpiece:
- Each day soak the pumpkin in water for 15-30 minutes. Dry inside with a towel so water doesn't pool.
- Don't use a candle. It will dry the pumpkin out faster. Use a rechargeable light or white LED Christmas lights
- Pumpkin Fresh is a non-toxic, biodegradable preservative that you spray on your pumpkin. It claims to make your cut pumpkin last for 14 days.