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As a wise man once said, “Never let a good pumpkin go to waste.” Okay, maybe we just made that one up, but it’s still good advice. We’re here to save you from wasting all those beautiful pumpkins with these three tips for using up your leftover pumpkin.

Roast Pumpkin Seeds

If you’ve never roasted pumpkin seeds, you’ve never truly experienced fall. This year, take out the guts of that pumpkin, rinse off the seeds, and toss them in the oven. Pumpkin seeds are a great source of magnesium, copper, protein, and zinc. Want even more flavor? Try this pumpkin seed pesto with parsley and basil.

Other ideas you might like using pumpkin seeds:

Use as a pie crust Grind to a fine texture and use as a replacement for almond flour Use as a topping Save seeds and plant next year

Make Pumpkin Puree

Pumpkin puree is very easy to make and extremely versatile. Just cut open your pumpkin, remove the skin and seeds, and chop it up. Once chopped into 1-inch pieces, boil the pumpkin until it’s soft. Finally, puree with a hand immersion blender. And voila, you’ve got your own pumpkin puree to use as you wish! We really dig these pumpkin crumb cake muffins on a cold autumn day with a hot coffee in hand. Pumpkin puree is not just for eating, though. Here’s a list of non-edible items you can make with your pumpkin puree:


Don’t have the time or energy to get the goods out of your pumpkin? Don’t let it go to waste! Add it to your own compost pile, or see if your local trash/garden center accepts compost items. The worms will love you.

For more tips on living life like a pro, check out the Olympus Team Ranch blog.