When you carve a pumpkin do you start by removing the top first? Well according to this grandma you’re doing it wrong!
The woman known on TikTok as @brunchwithbabs says, “Carve from bottom. That way you have the stem to hold onto and you can easily slip the pumpkin right over a candle or flashlight.”
You can also carry your pumpkin creation by the stem, making it easier to move. If you carve out the bottom instead of the top, you also won’t keep burning yourself when you reach in to remove a candle.
The clip now has 24.6 million views, with some commenters saying they’ve been “living a lie” this whole time.
Babs shared additional “Do’s and Don’ts for Pumpkin Carving” including using a red dry-erase marker to sketch your design since it erases easily and use a hand mixer to clean out your pumpkin.
@brunchwithbabs 🎃Do’s and Don’ts of Pumpkin Carving 🎃It is a treasured tradition in our family to carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. But with all the yuck and mess, sometimes my kids would quit the project before we even started. Babs’ Do’s and Don’ts for Pumpkin Carving, saves the mess and speeds up carving so you can have the perfect jack-o-lantern with no mess and no fuss. Happy Halloween 🎃XO Babs 1. Carve from bottom. That way you have the stem to hold onto and you can easily slip the pumpkin right over a candle or flashlight. 2. Hold pumpkin in your lap to carve. You will have a much steadier pumpkin to cut. 3. Use a red dry erase marker to sketch your design. It erases easily and if you miss a spot, it blends in. 4. Use a hand mixer to clean out your pumpkin. 5. Use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve your design. 6. Cover all cut surfaces with Vaseline to keep the pumpkin moist after carving. Pumpkins should last 1-2 weeks carved! 7. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the inside top of your pumpkin for festive pumpkin spice smell when a candle is lit inside the pumpkin. 🎃 #pumpkincarving ♬ original sound – everyone’s grandmother
Actress Jennifer Garner saw the hack and tested it herself. It works!
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