It’s getting to be that time of year again. It’s pumpkin season. It’s time to visit the pumpkin patch, drink some cider, take a hayride, and get those pumpkins for carving. The whole family will have fun scooping seeds out of the pumpkin and carving fun characters into the face of it. When you’re done with that there is the issue of the pumpkin seeds. Do you roast yours or throw them away?
Some people don’t know how to roast their pumpkin seeds and others aren’t aware that you can. It’s not hard to do and the seeds taste delicious when you’re done. They provide a healthy snack for the whole family that is vitamin rich and high in fiber. You can roast your pumpkin seeds and add your favorite flavorings to make them the way you like them.
Some of the flavors you might consider adding are brown sugar, cinnamon, chipotle, oregano, or pumpkin spice. That’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to your seasoning options. The basics of roasting pumpkin seeds remain the same but you can make them unique by experimenting with flavors.
Once you clean out that pumpkin toss the seeds in a colander and rinse them very well. Make sure you remove all the pumpkin membrane from the seeds and then dry them lightly on a towel. You can now toss them in oil and your chosen flavors before baking. Heat your oven to about 350°, spread the seeds evenly on a baking pan, and watch them closely as you bake for 10 to 15 minutes once they are done and cooled you can store them in an airtight container for up to two weeks
Carving pumpkins and roasting the seeds you’ve gathered is a fun tradition that your kids will remember well into adulthood. Give it a try and see if you can’t create some new favorite flavors for the whole family.