How To Roast Delicious Pumpkin Seeds

How To Roast Delicious Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkins will soon be in full splendor and with them comes beautiful displays, fun carvings, and the best part – delicious pumpkin seeds! Some pumpkins have more seeds than others, but all have some. So before you throw your pumpkins out, make sure you take advantage of the yumminess (and fun) of roasting pumpkin seeds. Yes, it’s a little work, but it is a delicious snack and a memorable fall experience (also something fun to do with children on a rainy day!)

How To Roast Delicious Pumpkin Seeds

  • Cut the pumpkin open and remove the pulp. This can be messy, as it is stringy and the seeds can be tangled up with the pulp.
  • Wash the seeds thoroughly in warm water and pat dry.
  • Season according to taste
  • Place on baking sheet and roast in oven until lightly browned

Removing pulp isn’t the most fun thing in the world, so you may want to wear gloves. Sometimes it’s better to do this outside because of the mess. If you do it inside, make sure to cover the table in a throw-away table cloth or newspaper. It makes clean up much easier.

Once you have the seeds separated from the pulp, make sure to wash the strings of pumpkin pulp off the seeds. Use warm water and light scrub with a utensil brush. You can then allow then to dry by blotting them dry on a clean kitchen towel.

You can choose to season in many ways – you can do nothing (pumpkin seeds have a wonderful natural flavor!) Some people choose to use a little sea salt, garlic, or paprika. It’s really about that you desire.

Preheat your oven to 425 degrees and lightly spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Place the seasoned pumpkin seeds one layer deep and place in oven.  You can flip them if you’d like, and watch them for desired doneness. They will turn a darker brown and become slightly smaller. Depending on the size of your seeds, this may take anywhere from 20 minutes to an hour – that’s why watching them is important.

When they are done, allow them to cool down and then store in a sealable plastic bag.

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