Pick The Right Pumpkin
Sure, all pumpkins have seeds, but that doesn’t mean you should reach for the first one you lay your eyes on. The word on the street is that a heavier pumpkin equals more seeds, but this isn’t always the case; usually larger, less dense pumpkins have more seeds, even if they weigh less than smaller ones. If you want to take things the extra mile, consider purchasing varieties labeled as “seed pumpkins.” These varieties are grown with seeds in mind, so they have a greater yield!
Removers and Shakers
Once you pick the perfect pumpkin, the next step is to prepare it for seed removal. Grab a paring knife and cut a hole in the top of the pumpkin like you would when carving a jack o’ lantern, then run a large spoon along the inside of your pumpkin to collect the seeds. Your seeds will likely be covered in stringy pumpkin fibers, but try and avoid them if you can.
Rinse and Repeat
It’s extremely important to thoroughly rinse your pumpkin seeds before popping them into the oven. To start, rinse them in a coriander a few times to ensure that any pumpkin fibers are removed from the seeds. Next, we’d recommend boiling your seeds in a salt water bath; this makes sure any unwanted slime is removed from your seeds. Finally, allow your seeds ample time to dry. For best results, place them on a baking sheet or clean towel and leave them out overnight.
After you’re finished prepping your pumpkin seeds, you can begin experimenting with different seasonings! Here are a few of our favorites.
- Salt and pepper
- Pumpkin pie
- Chili and garlic
- Honey roasted
For all flavors, it’s important to toss your seeds in olive oil beforehand to make sure the seasoning sticks. Next, coat in your seasoning of choice and turn the seeds if need be.
Fire It Up
Now you should be ready to fire up the oven and get roasting! It’s important to routinely turn your seeds during the roasting process to make sure they cook evenly. Flip them every ten minutes and you’re good to go. To ensure your seeds get crispy, we’d recommend roasting them at 350℉ for roughly 40 minutes. Remove them from the oven and enjoy!
- Pro Tip: You can check the color of the seeds to tell if they’re done; perfectly roasted seeds will have a consistent dark yellow hue.