Several cheap and cheerful Pumpkin (Carving-Only) deals @ various supermarkets - HotUKDeals
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This is a summary of the best current deals for Pumpkins (inc Orange & Orangey Green) Note that some of the deals are so cheap that they'd also be great for pies too (i.e. you don't have to use the pumpkin just for Halloween).

The best deals are shown for each of the main supermarkets. IT IS VITAL TO ONLY PICK PUMPKINS WHICH YOU ARE ABLE TO GET HOME IN ONE PIECE. If you are unsure ask someone who HAS A CRANE!

Every deal is shown in the same format. First is the name of the supermarket; next is the current cost and approximate size.

I hope this helps people. Please feel free to contribute to the discussions for the continued benefit of all. Let me know if there are any good local deals near you ie farmers markets, farm shops, fields with easy access etc.

ASDA
£1.50 or 2 for £2.
Biggish pumpkins - some are football size and some a little bit bigger. Nice orange colour - some have a little bit of green on too.

TESCO
£1 for a tiddler.
£2 or 2 for £3 - no bigger than a football.
£3 for a "Giant" Pumpkin - bigger than Asdas but if I was Cinderella, I'd be anxious at the ball about getting home.
Beware - reports received claim that that go to mush before the big day! (Thanks americanc8 and naanda)

SAINSBURY'S
£1.50 - similar to Tesco's £2er
£3 - "Monster" pumpkin, monster price
To Sainsbury's credit, the colour of their bags match the pumpkins

MORRISONS
£1, about football size
£2 large pumpkins, these look HUGE (thanks to luckyluby)

CO-OP
2 for £3. Bigger than a football (thanks to starsparkle2311)
2 for £5. On all accounts these are reported as being massive (thanks to Snowyz)

WAITROSE
Butternut Squash £1.38 a kilo
"Waitrose are doing tiny pumpkins (about the size of a satsuma), meant to be a pound each but charged me by weight so paid 15p. They look well cute next to the larger ones" (Thanks hermanjelmet)

ALDI
£1.50 (reduced from £2) - nice size - various shades of orange; some have a bit of green.
£0.89 for a butternut squash (thanks loubyboo)

FINAL THOUGHTS
- Buy now. The rain this summer has created a pumpkin drought!
- Link takes you to Sainbury's page on carving.
- With thanks to qyestionmark. Imitation/flattery etc
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#1
Hot, just for the effort of writing it all up! ;)
1 Like #2
Morrisons have medium pumpkins for £1, about football size and large pumpkins, these look HUGE for £2. Think these prices are pretty competitive to me!
[helper]#3
Can these actually be used for pies or are they all a type produced for carving only?
1 Like #4
luckyluby
Morrisons have medium pumpkins for £1, about football size and large pumpkins, these look HUGE for £2. Think these prices are pretty competitive to me!

Thanks - I shall update the deal luby.
1 Like #5
LJM
Can these actually be used for pies or are they all a type produced for carving only?

I'd think that if the pumpkins were inedible then the supermarkets would have a big mother of a disclaimer sticker stuck on them, and they wouldn't locate them near the fresh produce.
#6
How long will the pumpkins keep for if stored in the garage? anyone know?
1 Like #7
starsparkle2311
Co-op are doing 2 for £3. Bigger than a football, size wise :)

Thanks sparkle - I forgot about the Coop. I'll update deal
1 Like #8
poppoppop
LJM
Can these actually be used for pies or are they all a type produced for carving only?

I'd think that if the pumpkins were inedible then the supermarkets would have a big mother of a disclaimer sticker stuck on them, and they wouldn't locate them near the fresh produce.

ASDA sell carving pumpkins and "edible" pumpkins. I don't really understand why there is a difference between them though. The carving ones are a lot bigger - maybe they just don't have as good a flavour as the "edible" ones? Either way, I highly doubt they're poisonous!

And if you're going to add butternut squash to the list, then it's far cheaper in ASDA (and presumably everywhere - the only price quoted is Waitrose!) at 90p/Kg.
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callum9999
poppoppop
LJM
Can these actually be used for pies or are they all a type produced for carving only?

I'd think that if the pumpkins were inedible then the supermarkets would have a big mother of a disclaimer sticker stuck on them, and they wouldn't locate them near the fresh produce.

ASDA sell carving pumpkins and "edible" pumpkins. I don't really understand why there is a difference between them though. The carving ones are a lot bigger - maybe they just don't have as good a flavour as the "edible" ones? Either way, I highly doubt they're poisonous!

And if you're going to add butternut squash to the list, then it's far cheaper in ASDA (and presumably everywhere - the only price quoted is Waitrose!) at 90p/Kg.

Thanks Cal. I couldn't find any info for pumpkins at Waitrose so I did the next best thing. Perhaps Waitrose customers don't like carving or get other people to do it for them.:D
#10
cyberdragon
How long will the pumpkins keep for if stored in the garage? anyone know?
Dont really know but mine i bought yesterday has a use by date of 7th nov, so good for halloween and a little beyond!
1 Like #11
Aldi do butternut squash for 89p each too ;)
#12
Good knowledge
#13
We have been told that pumpkins are good till Xmas - but do check this out!!
1 Like #14
Co-op also doing bigger one that are 2 for £5 as well, think they are call massive and the 2 for £3 are giant
1 Like #15
Waitrose are doing tiny pumpkins (about the size of a satsuma), meant to be a pound each but charged me by weight so paid 15p. They look well cute next to the larger ones
#16
We have been told that pumpkins are good till Xmas - but do check this out!!
#17
Bought a monster pumpkin from Sainsburys this morning and it was HUGE. I tried making a soup with the flesh of one of these carving pumkins last year. It was very bland and so I would not bother trying to cook with the flesh of these. If you want a tasty pumpkin buy a butternut squash, this type is really for carving a jack-o-latern
#18
i bought one on wednesday from tesco and it's already gone mouldy/started leaking. Also where/how do i buy real pumpkins for pies/ making pumpkin spice latte?
#19
Anyone know where I can get some good spooky templates for a pumpkin carving competition ?
#20
naanda
i bought one on wednesday from tesco and it's already gone mouldy/started leaking. Also where/how do i buy real pumpkins for pies/ making pumpkin spice latte?

Funny that, I bought Tesco ones last year about this time and a few days before Halloween there was a horrible stink coming from the utility room where I put them. They'd gone mouldy, the bottoms had rotted out and were leaking everywhere,
If you want to make a pumpkin pie or spiced latte you need the tins of solid pumpkin, Libby's make it, usually only available in American imported goods stores but I've recently discovered some Waitrose stores sell it!
http://www.waitrose.com/shop/ProductView-10317-10001-10003-Libby%27s+Pumpkin+Puree

Edited By: americanv8 on Oct 20, 2012 21:21
2 Likes #21
jonhoggy
Anyone know where I can get some good spooky templates for a pumpkin carving competition ?

http://www.zombiepumpkins.com
#22
Few things illustrate the stupidity of the human race better than the fact that, while some people starve, others are carving shapes into pumpkins and throwing away fresh, edible food.

Most intelligent species on the planet...?

Pffff.
#23
Apologies to those of you who think that was overly curmudgeonly. But, seriously...
#24
sounds like would have to store outside to keep until halloween

asda pumpkins near us looked pretty big indeed and quite pale - is the colour an indicator as to its level of ripeness?
ones in tesco were a little darker and the ones in lidl really dark.
subconciously the paler ones seem fresher by eye but i dont know much about them.
1 Like #25
Good post
#26
No you do not need special pumpkins for pies.. just a nice long roasting time to breakdown and caramelise the sugars.... enjoy here: http://www.canada.com/windsorstar/news/story.html?id=8e61684d-1e99-4635-b396-7631ae5f73ce
#27
And they should last a few weeks uncarved... PS HOT
#28
And they should last a few weeks uncarved... PS HOT
1 Like #29
Why are you people buying Pumpkins?

Are you American?

Are you living in America?

Don't you want to bring your children up to be British and follow British traditions?

By buying a PUMPKIN your basically stating how weak willed you are and that your the Big Supermarket Chains ideal customer, moulded and influence by their adverts and in store brainwashing.

Buy a Turnip and do the job right.

People like you are why our kids think the Americans won the war.
1 Like #30
Great effort and thanks. Going to do one this year for the irate time so cheers
#31
tfish
Why are you people buying Pumpkins?

Are you American?

Are you living in America?

Don't you want to bring your children up to be British and follow British traditions?

By buying a PUMPKIN your basically stating how weak willed you are and that your the Big Supermarket Chains ideal customer, moulded and influence by their adverts and in store brainwashing.

Buy a Turnip and do the job right.

People like you are why our kids think the Americans won the war.

so you won't be using a swede instead?
i know when chopping them swedes are incredibly tough so i doubt that carving a swede/turnip is a child friendly task.
coupled with the facts orange is 'more fun' and the larger pumpkin is easier to get a design onto and out of.
#32
Why don't I use a Swede? FGS

Orange is 'more fun' - really?

Pumpkins are easier to design? Go for the easy route over 1000's of years of tradtion then.

PS dont bother with a Xmas tree this year just go for a bramble. Far easier and looks better.

Broken Britain...
#33
Snowyz
Co-op also doing bigger one that are 2 for £5 as well, think they are call massive and the 2 for £3 are giant

Thanks Snowyz for a further update on availability at the Coop - I'll update the deal.
#34
tfish
Why don't I use a Swede? FGS

Orange is 'more fun' - really?

Pumpkins are easier to design? Go for the easy route over 1000's of years of tradtion then.

PS dont bother with a Xmas tree this year just go for a bramble. Far easier and looks better.

Broken Britain...

i didn't ask why you would be using a swede i asked if you would be using one as turnips are not commonly available in supermarkets so you'd be making a special effort to carve it.

broken britain? are you insane?
broken britain refers more to important social and economic failings rather than adaption of archaic 'traditions'.
broken britain is failing to realise whats important in life.

lets face it - halloween is for kids.
if i want my kid to carve a lantern am i going to let it have a tiny turnip and a the razor sharp knife required to etch a few feeble scratchings or..
let them use a larger softer safer easier vegetable which have been in use for way more than our lifetimes anyway?
get real.
#35
hermanjelmet
Waitrose are doing tiny pumpkins (about the size of a satsuma), meant to be a pound each but charged me by weight so paid 15p. They look well cute next to the larger ones

Thanks jelmet. Deal updated.
#36
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tfish
Why are you people buying Pumpkins? Because it's 10 days till Halloween.

Are you American? No.

Are you living in America? No, my auntie does though. I've been a few times too.

Don't you want to bring your children up to be British and follow British traditions? I'll bring the little uns up how I want thanks. Hopefully they'll celebrate any traditions they want to without me needing to dictate to them.

By buying a PUMPKIN your basically stating how weak willed you are and that your the Big Supermarket Chains ideal customer, moulded and influence by their adverts and in store brainwashing. I actually bought 2 pumpkins. I must be double nasty.

Buy a Turnip and do the job right. Who in their right mind would buy a turnip when you can get 2 massive pumpkins for a couple of quid? Who?

People like you are why our kids think the Americans won the war. Eh?! Because I bought a couple of pumpkins!!!!


Edited By: poppoppop on Oct 21, 2012 11:41
#37
I tend to buy a couple of pumkins and have one for halloween and keep at least one for Christmas. Roasted pumpkin goes very nicely with the turkey. You do have to be careful about selecting the pumpkin though, as if it has been damaged in any way it will not last as long as you want. Pumpkin soup, pie, roasted, mashed, in stews, cakes... yum. Lots you can do with them besides make scary faces!
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#39
juliet_bravo
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1 Like #40
Only just saw this. Was travelling when it was posted. Made me laugh - and gets some heat too!

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