Preserving your pumpkin until Halloween

Most people want to start picking and carving their pumpkins as soon as the fall season strikes, but if you start too soon, will your gourd stay good until Halloween?

Know more about keeping your jack-o-lantern glowing all October long by preserving your pumpkin.

First, be sure to remove as much of the pumpkin pulp as possible. A dry inside means your pumpkin won't rot as quickly.

One method of preservation: Soak your carved pumpkin in a bleach solution-- one teaspoon of bleach with one gallon of water-- for eight hours. After that, spray it daily with the solution. That keeps the pumpkin hydrated and kills bacteria.

You can use Vaseline in the same way you might use it to keep your skin hydrated. Just coat the inside and cut surfaces with Vaseline to keep the pumpkin from dehydrating.

There's also a commercial spray you can buy. One brand is called "Pumpkin Fresh," and it's sold online or at some "As Seen on TV" displays.

These methods will keep your pumpkins going strong for nine to 14 days with minimal mold and rotting.