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Friday, October 28, 2011

Pumpkin Seeds for Halloween

OK, the pumpkin is gutted and carved, now you are trying to figure out what to do with the seeds. Toasting the seeds will make a healthy and tasty snack.

  1. From your seeds remove as many of the membranes as possible and throw away.

  2. Place a large pan on the stove and fill with water. Add salt to the water using about 1 teaspoon for every cup. Bring the water to a boil and add your pumpkin seeds.

  3. Reduce the heat to a simmer and simmer for about 2 hours. Remove from the heat and drain off all the water.

  4. Place the seeds onto paper towels that have been placed on to wire racks and let sit in a cool dry place for at least 4 hours until dry.

    Place the seeds into a large bowl and add a few tablespoons of vegetable oil and mix until all of the seeds are coated with oil. Place the seeds onto a clean dry baking sheet and place into an oven preheated to 350º.

    Bake the seeds for 20-30 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes or so. Remove from the oven and sprinkle lightly with salt and let cool.<

You can serve immediately or you can store in a tightly sealed jar or container for up to 1 year.

1 comment:

GinnyStar said...

I have been known to use dry ranch dressing or mustard, or other type of dry seasoning add to the oil, just sprinting over the oil before adding the seeds and bake as noted.

One thing too is sometime you need use a wooden spoon to stir your seed or you might get scorched ones.

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