The Great Pumpkin Carving Debate
Halloween is just a few weeks away and no spooky season porch is complete without a Jack-O-Lantern. While it's a lot of fun, carving pumpkins can also create a major mess. Could we use Bee's Wrap for a quick and easy clean up? We set out to test 3 pumpkin carving surfaces (Bee’s Wrap, newspaper, and plastic wrap) to determine which is the best to use this Halloween season. Read on to find out which surface was Fab-boo-lous and which one squashed.
Bee's Wrap was the clear winner against its competition, outperforming the others for a number of Spooktacular reasons. First off we had plenty of surface area for pumpkin carving. Our wrap of choice was the roll, which allowed for an ample amount of space for both carving the pumpkin and piling up the guts. Bee's Wrap was unlike its counterparts, which needed to be layered to create a large enough space.
Due to Bee's Wrap being naturally grippy there was no need to worry about anything moving while carving your pumpkin and accidentally hurting yourself. Plus because Bee's Wrap is waterproof we didn't have to worry about the pumpkin guts leaking through.
Clean up was quick and easy because the pumpkin filling did not stick to Bee's Wrap, making it very easy to separate the seeds and guts and transfer them to containers to be reused. Plus because Bee's Wrap is reusable we were able to wash it so we could use it again next year or use it now and cover up a delicious pumpkin pie.
While newspaper is probably the most commonly used surface when carving pumpkins it came in second to Bee's Wrap for four main reasons. First, to create a big enough surface area we had to lay out A LOT of newspaper and overlap it to make sure there was enough space to carve and not have the pumpkin guts fall through. Second, the newspaper moved around a lot while carving the pumpkin. If you choose to use this method please make sure to go slow so you don't hurt yourself.
We found that eventually the pumpkin guts soaked through the newspaper causing it to rip, making it harder to clean up. And lastly, although newspaper is recyclable it had to be tossed due to the fact that it had been soaked by the guts and ripped. This makes newspaper a less than eco-friendly option.
Plastic wrap lost for the obvious reason that it is not reusable and ends up in our oceans and landfills, but it also lost because it was just a bad surface for carving pumpkins all around.
In order to get a big enough surface we had to use multiple pieces and layer them on each other. We were only able to do this after fighting with the carton and it sticking to itself (We were ready to ditch it after this). While carving the pumpkin the plastic wrap moved around, stuck to itself and slipped which made a mess and could lead to hurting yourself if you are not careful.
Although the guts of the pumpkin did not soak through like they did with the newspaper, when cleaning up the plastic wrap pulled apart allowing all of the guts to fall on the table creating an even bigger mess. Not to mention that once we were done the plastic wrap ends up in the trash because it can't be recycled or used again.
Overall Bee's Wrap out performed newspaper and plastic wrap because it was the safest surface, easy to clean, and you can reuse it again and again. And don't toss those pumpkin guts in the trash this Halloween season because here are a few ways to reuse them.
- Roast the Pumpkin Seeds
- Stockpile the pulp to make broth to add to soups during the colder months
- Turn the pulp into chutney or a fall hummus
- Save the seeds to plant next season
We hope everyone has a spooktacular Halloween!