Buying and Storage of Pumpkins:
• For Halloween pumpkins, choose one with a sturdy stem, well-rounded shape and one that will stand properly
• For cooking, small pie pumpkins are best. Small to medium sizes are best for baking and cooking because of their finer texture and flavor. Look for a firm pumpkin with a heavy feel, and smooth orange skin. Avoid cracks and bruises, these can cause premature deterioration.
• Whole, unblemished pumpkins will keep for several months in a cool dry place. Once the pumpkin is cut open it should be wrapped, placed in the refrigerator and used within five days. If pumpkin is cooked and frozen, it will keep for up to six months.