We Tried 5 Pumpkin Preservation Hacks To See Which One Keeps Jack-O’-Lanterns Fresh Longest

by Kate Taylor
Kate is a writer who laughs at her own jokes and likes to pour too much hot sauce on her food.

There are so many fun ways to prepare for Halloween. It doesn’t get much better than stocking up on candy and shopping for a costume.

However, there is one activity that is the best of all the rest: pumpkin carving. 

If you’re anything like me, then you eagerly await the time of year when pumpkin displays take over your local supermarket. The only problem is that pumpkin carving has to be timed perfectly. Like most plant matter, pumpkins rot.

According to NPR, an uncarved pumpkin can stay fresh for up to three months. However, that all changes when you begin to carve them. A pumpkin with its insides exposed usually has an expiration date of eight to 12 days.

It’s always sad to watch your jack-o’-lantern creation grow mold and sink into itself. Luckily, there is a way to make your carvings last longer thanks to pumpkin preservation hacks.

To find out which hack was the best for the job, we conducted an experiment that tested five different preservation methods. They were hair spray, vinegar, vegetable oil, Vaseline, and bleach.

Each pumpkin was treated with their respective preservative, and then left for a week to let nature take its course.

As the days passed, it became clear that some methods were definitely better than others. Of course, there was one that quite literally left the others in the dust.

Watch the video below to see the results and learn how to preserve your own pumpkins!

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