Friday, September 06, 2013

Good Idea Friday - Bleaching Pumpkins

Preserving Jack O' Lanterns : My Science Project

I wasn't planning on doing these pins quite yet, but after everyone on my Pinterest page started pinning autumn things I figured I'd jump in. I've seen this pin and others like it a dozen times or more this time of year; so, does bleach really help keep cut pumpkins lasting longer? 

Yes! I figured it would, but I had no idea just how well it worked until I found the source of the above image.  Over at My Science Project they run a pretty extensive test on some of the more common methods people use to preserve cut pumpkins. It's pretty interesting read, and wouldn't you know it, but bleach actually came out the winner (neck-in-neck with a commercial product, but bleach is cheaper and would be my go-to), with the cut pumpkin lasting a whole 2 weeks before molding.

So with autumn just around the corner, it would be a good idea to keep a bottle of bleach on hand when you carve those pumpkins. 

1 comment:

  1. this is a hilarious idea for a blog. I would love to know the outcomes of so many things people are pinning-actually, I plan to do one this Thursday. I hate bees, so I saw that you should take a dryer sheet and put it outside to keep them away. i'm not beyond rubbing it all over myself if it will keep bees away.

    so, for my post/pin about the squirrels, I don't think it was successful. although I did only do it the one time.