The Pumpkin Gutter!
A Power Tool for Pumpkin Carving
A couple of years ago, Rory and I went to the most amazing pumpkin carving demonstration at Roger’s Gardens in Newport Beach. The local nursery is a beautiful place to walk around and explore and the host all kinds of interesting informational seminars on gardening, cooing, decorating and more. Roger’s Gardens is especially fun to visit at Halloween and Christmas when it is fully decorated for the seasons.
The man giving the seminar absolutely thrilled me. I was already an avid pumpkin carver, but I had never seen such a tool as he had and was using. He pulled a couple of kids from the audience to help him gut the pumpkin. He whipped out his power hand drill and attached this odd looking, super long drill bit that looked like it had an egg beater on the end, a Pumpkin Gutter. After he cut open the pumpkin, he stuck the Pumpkin Gutter inside and went at it. He even let the kids have a go. It is that easy to use.
The Pumpkin Gutter not only cleans the guts out of the pumpkin, but it also thins the pumpkin walls to make them better for carving. It also keeps the seeds intact for those tasty pumpkin seed treats. This inexpensive tool is a must if you are going to carve multiple pumpkins, have your family carving pumpkins, or hosting a pumpkin carving party!
Here’s How It Works…
- Cut open your pumpkin
- Scoop out as much gut and seeds as you can with your hands
- Use the Pumpkin Gutter on the power drill running it around the pumpkin walls. (You will need to stop periodically and clean out the loose debris and the ball on the end of your Pumpkin Gutter. **Remember – the Pumpkin Gutter is a drill bit and is sharp.)
- Once all seeds and guts are removed from the pumpkin, use the Pumpkin Gutter to thin the walls of the pumpkin for carving. (Watch for upcoming posts on how thin to make the pumpkin walls and other carving tips and tricks coming soon.)
- Use a scraper to smooth the inside walls
You can google the Pumpkin Gutter, but Sears has the best price I have found: DYNO Pumpkin Gutter
Good luck with your pumpkin carving!
Do you have any special tools you use for gutting a pumpkin?
Do you have a favorite recipe for Pumpkin Seeds?
Are you thinking of hosting a Pumpkin Carving Party?
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That is so cool! Our first Halloween together we went and got the pumpkins and carved them. THREE HOURS LATER, we were exhausted and never wanted to see another pumpkin again. (We just used steak knives). I need one of these power things!!!
Steak knives! Your poor knives…LOL
The proper tools make ever job easier! 🙂
Oh…and btw, some of my pumpkins have taken 12 and 13 hours! 😀
Looks like a tool that makes those creepy Halloween horror movies too! Cool Post! I can’t wait to see what your jack-o-lantern looks like 🙂
It would be great in a horror movie! Keep watching for more awesome posts on pumpkin carving. Be sure to check out my previous work…
Wow, that’s so cool! So, I still have to stick my hands in to clean it out. Bleh. Can I cheat and say I got most of it out and then only get a little bit? Or would that break it? Ha ha ha. I can’t wait for more tips! Maybe I’ll do well in the contest after all!
Wear gloves to scoop out the pumpkin guts…that’s what I do! 🙂 I can;t wait to see your entry!
That tool looks pretty awesome! Do you bake the seeds or use them for anything?
I tried baking them last year, but they did not turn out well…that’s why I’m asking about favorite recipes! 🙂
That looks like much less gross way to get the guts out!! I hate touching all of the goop!
I wear gloves! It’s the only way to go. 🙂
Omg. This is the coolest tool ever.
I know… I LOVE it !!! 🙂
Wow – very cool! You take it seriously girl!
It really is my whole October. From the beginning I’m drawing and making patterns, decorating my house, and then the fun begins with the pumpkins! It is always amazing when I put the first light to my pumpkins and see the design I created come to life. 🙂
How fun!! 😀
I love it! 🙂
What a great idea! I always just used a big metal spoon and my hands…This seems a lot easier!
This is amazingly easier and faster too! 🙂
Wow, I never knew such a thing existed. Do you ever enter contests?
I entered one several years back and won the most adorable pumpkin necklace! 🙂
OK first of all…you are coming to my house to deck out the pumpkins and we will have the coolest house ever. I don’t do the guts, I leave that for the non-scary folk in my house. I wish I was cool in that area but unfortunately I stink. That tool seems like it’s pretty serious though, LOL!
A chance to carve more pumpkins… I’ll be there! The Pumpkin Gutter is AWESOME! 🙂
Ah, now I see your weapon. That’s why, all pumpkin I saw were so beautifully carved.
I got the Pumpkin Gutter 2-years ago and it certainly helps prepare the pumpkin for carving. I love it. There are other tools I use for the actual carving. 🙂
That is an interesting tool. I have never seen such an item before! It sure is a fun season for holidays when you get to the 4rth quarter of the year.
You are so right, Jill. October, November, and December definitely got the best holidays! 🙂
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Oh, thanks so much for including this post in your pumpkin round-up. I really appreciate the Link Love! 🙂
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