Saturday, October 11, 2008

15 Minutes : Know It : Pumpkins

Help your kids select the best pumpkin to carve with these tips from Real Simple.

- Examine the rind. It should be firm, uniform in color, and free of cuts, bruises, and blemishes.

- Make sure that the stem doesn’t look brown and dry. And don’t use the stem as a handle, since even a healthy one can break off. Pick up a pumpkin by its base instead.

- Give the pumpkin a knock. A thumping sound means the pumpkin is solid, with no internal defects, rot, or soft spots.

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