Some things you can do with your pumpkin “waste”

In October, hundreds of millions of people carve pumpkins for Halloween. The pumpkins go to waste, alongside its innards, and the seeds and the pulp. While you can’t salvage a carved pumpkin, both the seeds and the pulp can easily be used.

The seeds are edible, both raw or roasted, hulled or not. The pulp, also known as pumpkin guts, are capable of being used as puree. Bare in mind that pureeing from the pulp is more difficult, as it is chunkier and more fibrous. The trick is to soften it with hot water, and mash it up a bit. I used a blender to do that for me.

Once that’s done, simply strain the liquid from the guts, then it can be used in beverages. There are 3 special beverages I have in mind: For use in eggnog, a special Harry Potter pumpkin drink, and of course, coffee.

Pumpkin Lattes, made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and/or allspice).