These standard kitchen tools will leave your pumpkins looking gourd-geous.
Barbara “Babs” Costello — the self-proclaimed “everyone’s grandma” on TikTok — posted her trick last week, which explains how the viewer can keep their pumpkins looking fresh past Halloween.
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In her video, which boasts over 24.6 million views, Costello says that it’s easier to cut the pumpkin open from the bottom rather than the top, and suggests it be done while seated with the pumpkin in your lap — ostensibly for comfort and just the right amount of leverage.
The native New Yorker also insists that using the hand mixer to gather and remove the seeds and pulp “literally cuts the job in half.”
Next, Costello claims that pro-carvers use a cookie cutter and mallet to cut out the designs.
The final — and perhaps most novel — step involves Vaseline, or any brand of petroleum jelly. Costello uses her finger to spread a thick layer of the goo over any exposed flesh around the pumpkin creature’s eyes, nose, mouth and bottom hold, which helps preserve the gourd so it stays fresh for even longer.
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🎃Do’s and Don’ts of Pumpkin Carving 🎃It is a treasured tradition in our family to carve jack-o-lanterns for Halloween. But with all the yuck and mess, sometimes my kids would quit the project before we even started. Babs’ Do’s and Don’ts for Pumpkin Carving, saves the mess and speeds up carving so you can have the perfect jack-o-lantern with no mess and no fuss. Happy Halloween 🎃XO Babs 1. Carve from bottom. That way you have the stem to hold onto and you can easily slip the pumpkin right over a candle or flashlight. 2. Hold pumpkin in your lap to carve. You will have a much steadier pumpkin to cut. 3. Use a red dry erase marker to sketch your design. It erases easily and if you miss a spot, it blends in. 4. Use a hand mixer to clean out your pumpkin. 5. Use cookie cutters and a rubber mallet to carve your design. 6. Cover all cut surfaces with Vaseline to keep the pumpkin moist after carving. Pumpkins should last 1-2 weeks carved! 7. Sprinkle some cinnamon on the inside top of your pumpkin for festive pumpkin spice smell when a candle is lit inside the pumpkin. 🎃 #pumpkincarving
The Post reached out to Costello for comment.
Several of her followers have since touted the homemaker’s hack.
“My God, Babs, you NEVER fail to impress and teach me something new, and inspiring,” exclaimed one user.
“God, I love you! I have been doing everything wrong the last 40 plus years of my life,” said another.
Gushed one viewer, “You are the mom I always wanted and never had.”