It is pumpkin season! Halloween is just days away, and that means children (and children at heart) everywhere will be gutting pumpkins to create delightful and frightful Jack-o-lanterns. Whatever you do, don’t just toss your pumpkin guts out. The seeds are yummy!
Maybe you already knew this fact. Maybe you salt your seeds down, roast, and snack away. But let me tell you, it doesn’t just have to be salted pumpkin seeds this year! Oh no my friends, there are many different ways to toast these babies up! Don’t limit yourself to the same old salt.
Heck, after reading this, you might just have to go out and buy a few more pumpkins just so you can go crazy trying the different ways to prepare the seeds. So let’s get started…. go carve your pumpkin and get your seeds….. I’ll wait….
Now that you have your seeds……. you do have some seeds, right? Because your gonna be hungry here in a few! First, you need to clean your seeds. I simply pop them in a bowl of cold water for a few and then rub them between my hands, This makes any left over pumpkin guts (that stringy stuff) come off. No matter which way you go on seasoning your seeds, they all start out the same. Simply coat a cookie sheet with oil and spread your seeds out in a thin layer. Pop that sheet in the over at 300 degrees for about 30 minutes. This helps dry them out and prep them for the seasoning portion of this little adventure.
|Seeds just a soaking away|
Now here comes the fun part of this little endeavor, the seasoning. Once the 30 minutes are up (keep the oven on) pull your seeds out. Now in the past, we have always done the simple salt version of this season favorite, but this year we decided to spice it up, literally! First, toss your seeds in a bowl with olive oil. Now, put them back on the cookie sheet and pick your seasoning!
Do you like
Italian – Sprinkle some dried, finally crushed oregano and finely grated Parmesan cheese (you can totally cheat with the canned kind *wink*)
BBQ – Sprinkle on ground cumin, brown sugar, and chili powder (chipotle works great)
Tradition – Sprinkle with salt
Dessert – Go sweet with your seeds by sprinkling them with cinnamon and sugar!!
My hubby and country kids were surprised and delighted by the dessert version of our old time favorite. Once you have your seasonings sprinkled on, give the seeds a little toss so both sides get coated. Put as much or as little of the seasonings as you like. Want a strong taste? Then go heavy! Now put your seeds back in the oven for an addition 10-15 minutes. Keep an eye on them, because nobody likes a burnt seed. No matter how much spice you put on it, well, it makes your taste buds sad.
So go crazy, try new flavor combinations! But whatever you do, make sure you save your seeds so you too can find the joy that is dessert pumpkin seeds!!!
**Homestead Tips on Tuesday is a weekly series where we help you learn skills, tips, and trick to help you on your journey of homesteading. Many places post list of things you should/could do as far as homesteading skill, but I feel lists are at times overwhelming and can make people give up before they even start. So every Tuesday I share one thing for you to try or consider. I hope you join us every Tuesday and I would love to hear about your adventures with each weeks topic.**