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What's the easiest way to remove the flesh from pumpkins??

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lucysmam Sun 25-Oct-20 07:25:13

That doesn't involve power tools as shown in several youtube videos (I'd try it but don't want to break my stand mixer attachments!).

Any ideas apart from a big spoon & just scrape away at it? smile

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mathanxiety Sun 25-Oct-20 07:30:46

Big spoon, scrape. Or rubber glove, scoop.

How big is your pumpkin though? If it's a frankenpumpkin you may need to use a wet vac.

Qwertywerty3 Sun 25-Oct-20 07:34:54

You know you only have to remove the stringy stuff with the seeds in? Takes about 1 minute with a regular dessert spoon. Not sure why you would ever need a power tool. Bit like using a sledge hammer to crack an egg.

lucysmam Sun 25-Oct-20 07:36:08

Um, normal sized.

Actually, they're a bit bigger than I usually buy. My friend bought them from a farm shop for me while she was there. They even have mud still attached that needs washing off.

I'll stick to spoon & scrape. Maybe the girls will take a turn this year 🤔🤔

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GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Sun 25-Oct-20 07:36:51

I just cut it into fairly small chunks and slice the skin off with a sharp knife.
Never have a huge one though, it’s always the one that was in the window, made into a Thai style soup the next day - lots of chilli, ginger and garlic, plus a can of coconut milk, yum.

lucysmam Sun 25-Oct-20 07:37:24

Qwerty they're easier to carve without an inch of flesh inside them!

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MrsWhites Sun 25-Oct-20 08:50:52

Electric whisk on fairly low speed!

dementedpixie Sun 25-Oct-20 08:53:33

You can get wee pumpkin carving sets that come with a plastic scoop thing. They are normally quite useful for removing flesh. They also come with little saws/knives to help with carving

lucysmam Sun 25-Oct-20 09:01:42

MrsWhites I don't have a normal electric whisk - I never replaced that or the hand mixer when they broke, just use the big one for everything.

I might have one of those about dementedpixie, I'll have a look and see.

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TheFlis12345 Sun 25-Oct-20 09:04:20

I use a metal ice cream scoop. Much more effective than a spoon.

lucysmam Sun 25-Oct-20 09:11:13

I'll try that TheFils, thanks smile

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inchyra Sun 25-Oct-20 11:24:24

I use a Dremel multi-tool. Cost about £30 and is fantastically useful for loads of fiddly household jobs, not just pumpkin carving.

Thatwentbadly Sun 25-Oct-20 11:33:17

Most pumpkins unless culinary ones are grown to not have much flesh.

Teaandscone Sun 25-Oct-20 12:56:34

Melon-baller; easier than a spoon.

Winkless Sun 25-Oct-20 14:27:35

We use a sturdy circular metal cookie cutter, once you've cleared out the seeds and stringy goop, you can use it to scrape out the flesh in decent sized chunks.

StrictlyAFemaleFemale Sun 25-Oct-20 14:41:02

Ice cream scoop.

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