Fall is here, which means that pumpkin spice season is among us. It seems that everyone falls into one of two categories: those who cannot get enough pumpkin spice and those who feel the entire trend is overblown. No matter which category you fall into, this post has something for you. If you find yourself with too many pumpkins, try one of these unusual ways to use pumpkins!

5 Unusual Ways to use Pumpkins

5 Unusual Ways to Use Pumpkins

If you love everything pumpkin, you are sure to be delighted by the items on this list. And if you are tired of the typical presentations that pumpkin takes during this season, you will enjoy this alternative approaches. Below are five unique ways to use pumpkin this fall.

1) Make Pumpkin Spice Arroz con Leche

This dish is inspired by the traditional Mexican dessert of arroz con leche. Even without the pumpkin, this dish is spiced and feels like fall. Once you add the pumpkin, it becomes the perfect way to end any meal—not too sweet, and not too heavy.

2) Use One as a Centerpiece

Pumpkins are quite beautiful, and they really bring you into the spirit of the season. While many will use them to decorate their porch or stoop, you can use them for decoration inside the home as well. Cut the top off, clean the inside, and place a glass bowl inside to use as a vase.

3) Turn Them into French Fries

Most of us have had sweet potato fries, but very few have ever tried pumpkin fries. These are a healthy alternative to typical French fries and can be served sweet or savory, making them ideal for those who feel overwhelmed by all the pumpkin desserts on the menu.

4) Mix With Dog Food When Fido is Sick

Every dog owner will eventually need to deal with their dog having some tummy troubles. While you should make sure your dog is seen by a vet, you can use pumpkin to help treat the issue. Adding pumpkin puree to dog food can help to reduce the water in your dog’s stool to eliminate diarrhea and reduce dehydration.

5) Make Candied Pumpkin

This treat is very common in Mexico during the fall and winter and is beloved by children and adults alike. This treat is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and is far removed from the typical flavor profile of pumpkin treats we encounter in the US.

5 Unusual Ways to use Pumpkins

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October 16, 2015

5 Unusual Ways to Use Pumpkins

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  1. tara pittman

    October 16th, 2015 at 12:58 pm

    I love roasting the seeds. I also freeze pumpkin to use in reipes.