Cutting and Cleaning the Radioactive Pumpkin

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    Tom Nardone from shows you how to cut and clean the pumpkin.

    Tom Nardone: Hi! I'm Tom from extremepumpkins.

    com. We are carving a radioactive pumpkin today with the help of an ugly pumpkin and some glow sticks and some other tools this thing is really going to be lit up with radioactive goo.

    Well, it's time to gut our pumpkin, and since this pumpkin is going to have a lot of design going on up at the top and in the face, I don't want to take the top off. So, what I am going to do is I am going to cut this pumpkin from the bottom, that means I am taking the bottom off of the pumpkin.

    Let's your design dictate where you are going to gut the pumpkin from. So here we go, we are going to cut off the bottom just like you at the top, and in that case I use this Drywall Saw, cuts through this thick flesh easily. Rather than cutting just a circle in here I am actually going to cut like a little jag in the process. In that way I know how the top and bottom fit together each time, and it holds in a place nicely.

    Here we go; I am cutting a little jag. See I go in, then back up. All the way while I am cutting this plug, I am keeping my tool angle outward, trying to make the plug like in the shape of a cone. There we go! This should be pretty easy to get the guts out of, so that's going to be next.

    To get the guts out I use an Ice cream scoop. Now there are two schools of thought. When it comes to scooping the goo. Amateurs and I don't want to look like one, what they'll do is they'll try take it out one scoop at a time put it in a trash. Me personally, I scoop it all at once and get a big pile of it going and I just dump it into the trash See this Ice-cream scoop scrapes it right off the walls, no trouble at all. Why do you scoop to goop you might add? Well all this fibrous material makes it so when you are cutting the pumpkin face out, the pieces don't come off real easily. Makes it look sloppy. So it's actually in your best interest in most cases to scoop out your pumpkin first before you carve the face. Pumpkin seeds are pretty tasty if you roast them, you can save these if you want and then separate the seeds later in the kitchen or you can just throw them out.

    Alright! I've got those all taken care of, just dump them in the trash. Nice and clean. Also scoop out this cap as well, or the plug, I guess you say. It's not really a cap when it sits on the bottom is it? There we go!

    In our next clip we are going to work on designing and carving the face.