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Hiring a technician to come fix your clogged plumbing isn’t the kind of nightmare you were probably hoping for this Halloween season. When your pumpkin carving is done and all you have left is the seeds, the last place you should dispose of pumpkin pulp is through the garbage disposal. Pumpkin seeds and pulp that is thrown down the sink will eventually harden inside your pipes, and store-bought cleaners like Drano will not be strong enough to cut through the clog. Save yourself the trouble, and dispose of your pumpkin seeds through one of these easy alternative methods:

Save the seeds to plant.

To save your seeds for re-planting next season, remove and clean the seeds, then place on a paper towel to dry. Let the seeds dry out for at least one week before storing in an envelope. Keep your pumpkin seeds in a cool and dry place.

Roast for a delicious and healthy treat.

You already have the ingredients – why not use them to bake a festive Fall snack? All you need are the seeds, 2-3 tablespoons of butter, and salt to taste. Here are the steps:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit
Remove the pumpkin seeds from the pulp and rinse
Toss seeds in a bowl with butter and salt
Spread seeds on a single layer baking sheet, for about 45 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally

Add to your compost bin.

Throwing your pumpkin remains in the garbage will most likely find its way to a landfill. Instead, utilize the remains of your Halloween craft into a compost bin and nourish your soil. Don’t have a compost bin yet? Not a problem. Simply dig a hole in your backyard or garden and place the remains of your pumpkin there.

Feed wildlife.

Not interested in planting your own pumpkin patch, roasting a tasty snack, or composting your pumpkin? Instead, try feeding the wildlife. Simply scatter the pumpkin seeds and watch wildlife flock to your backyard. Birds will especially enjoy feasting on the seeds. Consider cutting up the seeds into finer pieces prior to disposing of them in this way.

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