Much like candles on a cake and crackers at Christmas, taking home a pumpkin for Halloween is an age-old tradition. However according to a Hubbub survey, a staggering 22.2 million pumpkins a year end up as waste which makes it (unfortunately) a slightly more ominous tradition. That’s why we’ve put our heads together to come up with a few ways to help you reduce waste this October, with our go-to guide on how to make the most of your pumpkin.
1. Pumpkin picking
It can be tempting to pull on your Alpine GTX boots to pick the biggest pumpkin in the patch, but perhaps that’s where we’re going wrong. Choosing a pumpkin that’s the right size is key for reducing waste this October. Instead of buying large or multiple pumpkins, consider buying less and pre-planning how you’re going to use them, so you’re only taking home what you need.
2. Roast pumpkin seeds
We tend to cut off the top of our pumpkins to hollow out the middle, with the stringy interior often going to waste but did you know pumpkin seeds are actually considered an anti-inflammatory super food. All you have to do is gently toast your seeds in the oven and you have a wonderful addition to smoothies, soups and perhaps even in trail mixes perfect for walks in your Thor II GTX shoes.
3. Roasted pumpkin
Once Halloween is over it’s time to take a knife to your pumpkin once again. Slice your carved pumpkin length ways into evenly sized chunks and place into the oven until soft and fragrant. Your pumpkin is then perfect for hearty Winter soups, stews and they even make a healthy treat for your furry friends. Often used as an ingredient in dog food, pumpkin makes a healthy addition to your dog’s diet and is a great way to get rid of any unused leftovers.
Disclaimer: always check any changes you make to your pet’s diet with a qualified veterinarian.
4. Pumpkin spice latte
Arguably Winter’s most popular drink, the pumpkin spiced latte has warmed its way into people’s hearts. However, after a while the latte’s start to add up, which is why making your own can be a great alternative. Mix milk, pumpkin puree, sugar and your favourite spices in a saucepan and simmer until it’s all combined. A great way to start your day, why not put on your favourite Charge shoes, heat up your pumpkin spiced latte and pour into a flask to make your day at work go even quicker.
5. Pumpkin and banana bread
There’s no better way to bake than in your Relax slippers. Simply step into your snug Winter warmers and mix pumpkin puree into you tried and tested lockdown banana bread recipe. Great with a strong cup of tea or even better a homemade pumpkin spiced latte, this cake is sure to wow.
The weather’s getting colder which makes it even more difficult to spend some time in your garden or pop down to the allotment. That’s why you might find that a hollowed-out pumpkin makes a great head for your scarecrow. Simply attach it to a sturdy base and prop it up in the middle of your garden and birds will stay far away from your beds.
We’ve not even mentioned, the best part about your scarecrow is that you’ve already carved out a face. You’ll need a sturdy pair of gardening shoes whilst trying to dig down into the frozen ground and our Summit GTX boots are simply perfect for that.
Now that we’ve given you our best tips and tricks, it’s time to go and enjoy your pumpkins!