How to Make Perfect Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Halloween has arrived and with it, pumpkins. A great way to make use of the pumpkin seeds is eat them, salted and toasted. It is a tradition in our home. Our preference is with the shells on.  The trick? Boil the seeds in salted water first, and then toast them in the oven. They turn out delightful.

First carve your pumpkins and get those seeds out of that stringy matter, a j.o.b. for the little ones.

Put the seeds in one bowl and their remains in another.

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Then rinse the pulp off the seeds. Using a colander is handy.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees

Since each year our pumpkins deliver different quantities of seeds, here is a table to help guide toasting your annual harvest.

Ingredients Harvest Harvest  Harvest
Seeds 1/2 cup 1 cup 2 cups
Water 2 cups 4 cups 8 cups
Kosher Salt 2 Tbsp 1/4 cup 1/2 cup
Good Olive Oil 1 Tbsp 2 tbsp 1/4 cup

If you are in between harvest numbers use the higher number. For instance with 1 1/2 cups seeds I would used the 2 cup measurements.

Bring your pot of salted water to a boil. Add your seeds and let simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat. Grab that handy dandy colander again. {Quite a functional kitchen item – yes}. And Drain.

Next, Spread the Olive Oil (I like to use Colvata Olive Oil) over the bottom of a rimmed cookie sheet or roasting pan. Spread the seeds out on the sheet, all in one layer. Bake on the top rack for 10-20 minutes or until the seeds begin to brown. When browned to your satisfaction, remove from the oven and let the sheet cool on a rack. Let the seeds cool all the way down before serving.

Store in an air-tight container.

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2 responses

  1. Nikki Nalchajian

    How long do you boil them? Note: I do not think this is on the bedrest menu!@!

    October 29, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    • My dearest Nikki. That would be 10 minutes. Bedrest is boring. Please send help.

      October 29, 2010 at 4:49 pm

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