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How to Cure Pumpkins

    • 1). Mix 2 tbsp. chlorine bleach with 1 gallon of water. Wipe the surface of the pumpkin with the bleach solution.

    • 2). Set the pumpkin in an 80- to 85-degree Fahrenheit location, such as in an outdoor area that receives full sun or indoors near a furnace. Cure the pumpkin at this temperature for 10 to 14 days.

    • 3). Check the rind to determine if curing is complete. Properly cured rinds are hard and not easily pierced by a fingernail.

    • 4). Move the cured pumpkin to a dry 50- to 55-degree Fahrenheit storage location. Set the pumpkin on a shelf or on top of a sheet of cardboard during storage so air circulates around the pumpkin.

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