Pumpkin Carving 101

Whether you’re looking to impress your Halloween visitors with festive pumpkins or spooky gourds, these carving tips from Chef’sChoice are sure to make the job easier.

Step 1: Choose your carving tools—our favorites are boning and paring knives. (A nail or ice pick comes in handy for poking through the surface for detailed work and scoring.) Make sure your carving knives are sharp. Sharp knives are not only safer, but they’re easier to use and will help you cut smoothly through your pumpkin. Fortunately, you don’t have to be an expert to put a razor sharp edge on your knife. A sharpener such as the Chef’sChoice EdgeSelect Model 120 can make sharpening easy.

The sharpener uses 100 percent diamond-coated disks and a revolutionary polishing stage to create a professional knife-edge in seconds. The precision guides eliminate all guesswork for predictable, razor-sharp edges every time.

Step 2: Now that you’ve sharpened your knives, you’re ready to carve. Spread newspaper over your work area to avoid a mess. Next, determine which side of the pumpkin you’ll be carving. With the boning knife, cut a large enough circle around the stem to be able to reach inside the pumpkin. Lift the lid off and set it aside. Remove the pulp and seeds from the inside of the pumpkin and wipe down the outside to remove all debris.

Step 3: Go to ChefsChoice.com to download the above pumpkin carving pattern or create your own. Choose a design and size it to your pumpkin. Tape the pattern on the area you want to carve. Use a metal nail or ice pick to trace design onto pumpkin through the pattern. Once you’ve scored the design, use the boning and paring knives to complete the job.

Enjoy your pumpkin and have a happy and safe Halloween.