How to store your post harvest pumpkins?

When you pick your pumpkins, they are usually still green or even slightly red. They will not rot if stored properly. However, it’s best to put them into a plastic bag with some newspaper and then seal it tightly. If you don’t have any paper towels handy, you could use a clean cloth towel wrapped around the inside of the bag. You can wrap the bag with another piece of newspaper or a sheet of plastic. Make sure there is no air holes in the bag! Place the bags in a cool dry place (like a closet) away from direct sunlight. After two weeks, check on them every few days to make sure they haven’t rotted. When you’re ready to eat your pumpkins, just take out what you need and throw away the rest.

If you want to save money, you can buy pre-cut pumpkins instead of buying fresh ones. Pre-cut pumpkins are easier to get and they cost less than fresh ones. Some stores sell pre-cut pumpkins at the produce section. Just ask a cashier where the pre-cut pumpkins are located.

What do I do with my post harvest pumpkin pieces?

You can either freeze them for later use or you can roast them right away!

How long can you store pumpkins after picking?

You can store your pumpkins for several days before they start rotting. Just make sure you store them in a cool place away from sunlight. If you don’t intend on using them soon, you should freeze the pumpkins and defrost as needed. If you have a lot of pumpkins, you can send some to a local farmer to be turned into delicious pies. They can be roasted, boiled, or steamed.

How long do you store cut up pumpkins for?

If you want to store the pumpkin pieces for later use, then you need to wrap them in plastic or put them into a sealed container. If there are a lot of pieces, you can also freeze them and just take out as needed.

What happens if pumpkins start rotting?

Once your pumpkins start rotting, you should throw them away immediately as they will be unfit to eat.

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Postharvest handling of fruits and vegetables by J Bachmann, R Earles – 2000 – wnc.edu

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