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How to use up pumpkins

30 October 2019

The amount of pumpkins we throw away each year after Halloween amounts to a bowl of pumpkin soup for every person in the country! But how do you use up pumpkins after the festivities of 31st October? Try our simple and delicious ways to use up pumpkins to help reduce your waste. 

Tuck into a bowl of pumpkin soup

Pumpkin soup is a delicious, slightly sweet lunch or dinner that will warm you through in the cold November weather. Cook diced onion and carrots for 10 minutes until tender, then add chopped pumpkin and potatoes for a few more minutes. Pour in the stock, simmer for about 40 minutes until the pumpkin is soft and whizz altogether in a blender. Serve with warm bread rolls slavered in butter and a swirl of cream. 

Re-energise with a roast pumpkin salad 

If you’re feeling a little bit bloated after all those Halloween sweets, use your leftover pumpkin to make a delicious salad. Simply cut your pumpkin into small squares, toss with a little olive oil, thyme and garlic and roast for 30 minutes until it has softened and browned. Then add the roasted pumpkin to your favourite salad ingredients. We recommend quinoa, pomegranate seeds and wilted spinach. 

Make a classic pumpkin pie

A mouth-watering pumpkin pie finished with maple syrup and a cinnamon dusting is a delicious autumnal treat and just what you need on Halloween or bonfire night. To make the filling, steam or microwave the chopped pumpkin until it’s soft, stir in an egg, milk, sugar, vanilla, ginger and cinnamon and fill the pastry case (you can make your own if you’re a dab hand in the kitchen of course!). Then bake for around 40 minutes. Finish with a maple syrup glaze and thin layer of cinnamon. 

Enjoy a homemade pumpkin spiced latte

Save a takeaway coffee cup by making your own pumpkin spiced latte inspired by the chains’ delicious hot drink. It’s incredibly easy to make as you simply combine coffee, milk, cream, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla with the pumpkin puree, pour the mixture into a slow cooker and wait two hours for it to transform into a delightfully warming drink. 

Don’t forget the seeds

It’s not just the juicy flesh of a pumpkin that can be used up after Halloween. Packed full of antioxidants, protein and other essential vitamins, pumpkin seeds are a delicious and healthy snack. To prepare them, toss in a little oil and salt, then bake in the oven for around 10 minutes until they’re a light golden brown.  

Use your food waste recycling bin

If pumpkin isn’t for you, or you’ve simply had enough of the orange squash, then make sure to put any leftovers into your food waste recycling bin, which is available across many parts of Dorset. If you don’t have a food recycling bin, you can also put out your leftover pumpkin for small animals and birds to enjoy or put them on a compost heap. 

Based in Dorset and Oxford, W&S Recycling are specialists in all areas of recycling. For more information about our services or for advice on how you can reduce your waste, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on 01202 675564.

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