Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Roasted Pumpkin seeds in 3 easy steps


Got a pumpkin? Make pumpkin seeds!

It's pumpkin season in Bucks County, Pennsylvania where I live ( and everywhere??)  and families are enjoying the  yearly ritual of  flocking to local farms to pick out their Halloween pumpkin



One of the things my kids always looked forward to was carving their Halloween pumpkins. It was such a fun family ritual. Living in Bucks County farmland, we always went to a local farm, took a hayride out to the pumpkin fields and each of my boys selected his very own pumpkin. 


Carving was another story. Those beautiful orange pumpkins are filled with a messy glob of seeds intertwined with sticky gooey pulp. In the beginning, we used to throw the seeds away, but over the years, I learned that pumpkin seeds are not only edible, but are highly delicious and nutritious.
Why throw away the seeds when you can make pumpkin seeds in 3 easy steps and  provide a healthy snack  the entire family will enjoy?

How to make pumpkin seeds in 3 easy steps!
                       

1. Slice the top off of the pumpkin and scoop out the inner seeds. Place the seeds in a colander and wash and remove strings.  Pat dry with paper towels.

2. Spray a baking sheet with olive oil spray and spread the pumpkin seeds in a single layer. Then respray the seeds.

3. Sprinkle with salt and bake at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes, checking and moving them around after 10 minutes.

   Cool and store in an air-tight container.

Variations: Spray seeds with oil and then choose one of the following seasonings to use before baking at 325 degrees for about 25 minutes.
  • sprinkle seeds with cinnamon
  • Sprinkle seeds with garlic powder and salt
  • Sprinkle seeds with Cajun seasoning
Here some other uses for the inside and outside of your pumpkin: Use it all!

Pumpkin Muffins



From the blog  Living In The Woods
I love the idea of a pumpkin holding my mums! How much better can it get for the fall season.
Check out her step by step tutorials











21 comments:

  1. My boys would scoff at me if I even thought of throwing the seeds away. We've always roasted the seeds. I usually do a traditional salt and olive oil mix. But, this time I'm going to make cinnamon and sugar ones.

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  2. Yum. I just had to read this post because I love pumpkin seeds. I have made them but cooked them too long. I heard they are full of potassium.

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  3. Anita,
    I appreciate the nice comment about my photos. I am trying to improve them. Thanks for noticing.

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  4. Try making them again but watch them because they do cook quickly. They are nutritious and worth it!

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  5. Carrie,
    We were late figuring out the seed idea. But once we did it, we were hooked. Enjoy!
    Judee

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  7. We do this all the time with the seeds. The kids look forward to this when carving the pumpkin. I even saved some to try to grow our own pumpkins this year. It did not turn out so well because of the high temps and the drought.

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  8. I love pumpkin seeds! I haven't gotten my pumpkins yet, or even thought about carving them ... gotta get my act together so I can have the treats ... :)

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  9. They are so healthy and easy to prepare and too many people just throw them out. Glad you shared the recipe with Vintage Recipe Thursday, Judee. Those are nice pumpkins and Jack-O-Lanterns. Come back soon. :-)

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  10. I love pumpkin seeds, but I never thought to put cinnamon on them. I need to get a pumpkin pronto so I can try it!

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  11. Hi Judee, thanks for visiting my blog, it was very nice to get to know yours too. Great tips about the seeds, seems easy to make your own, and homemade... well, its always much better :o)

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  12. Wow this is so nice.. thanks for sharing! We dont have that huge pumpkin here in the Philippines..

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  13. I love your Pumpkin full of Mums, it looks so pretty. We love Pumpkin seeds this is great idea's for seasons. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a wonderful week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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  14. I've used Worcestershire sauce on them as well- delicious. I love the planter idea too.

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  15. My Dad always used to roast the pumpkin seeds when we made our Jack O'Lanterns and I used to love them. Thank you for sharing this excellent post with Let's Do Brunch.

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  16. My hubby loves to roast pumpkin seeds, and this post just reminded me that he hasn't done it yet, lol!

    Thanks for linking up to Making Your Home Sing Monday!

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  17. Thanks for sharing this with our flu fighting foods blog hop! Next week we'll be talking about breakfast foods; share your favorite breakfast ideas with us!

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  18. Thanks so much for linking up! Come back today w/ your breakfast recipes! http://www.thehumbledhomemaker.com/2011/11/gallo-pinto-traditional-costa-rican.html

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