How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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Today, my family is carving pumpkins together and I will show them how to roast pumpkin seeds. It’s such a fun family tradition for everyone. This year was extra special because we bought our pumpkins from our grandson, Max’s Homestead Nursery right here in Salt Lake City, Utah. He even delivered these beautiful pumpkins to us for the family gathering.

Be sure and have a large plastic cover for your table for easy cleanup after you carve the pumpkins.

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

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Kitchen Items You Will Need

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Carving Set

Carving Set

Step One

Let’s start cutting the pumpkin first. Spread the Disposable TableCloth on the table to make clean-up a breeze. Place the pumpkin on a Large Cookie Sheet. Cut around the stem of the pumpkin as shown below and set the stem aside.

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Step Two

Use a scraper to scrape and gather the seeds to put into a bowl. Scrape out as many of the seeds as possible until the inside of the pumpkin is clean and smooth.

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Step Three

Of course, sometimes the pumpkin seeds are easier to separate from the pumpkin strings than others. This is why store-bought seeds are so expensive. But these are so delicious, you will never buy them again!

Separating the Seeds

Step Four

Now we need to separate the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin strings in the bowl with the seeds. Use a colander and rinse the seeds under cool water and swish your hands around to get rid of the strings. The seeds will float to the top.

Be sure and look through all the seeds carefully because you may see some seeds that are damaged, and make sure they are clean enough that they don’t have any strings left on them.

Rinsing the Pumpkin Seeds

Step Five

Now pat dry the seeds as much as you can with a cotton towel or paper towels. Let them sit overnight so they dry completely before you roast them.

Pat Dry The Seeds

It helps to spread them evenly on a cookie sheet so they will completely dry overnight.

Clean Pumpkin Seeds

Step Six

Drizzle a little olive oil (about 1-2 tablespoons) depending on how many pumpkin seeds you have. Today I sprinkled the pumpkin seeds with Johnny’s All Season Salt and some Garlic Salt. Some people want something like the Chex Mix flavor. If that is your desire, mix some Worchestershire sauce with garlic salt then spread it on the roasted seeds. Oh, you can smell the yumminess, I must say!

Season the Seeds

Step Seven

I love using a disposable plastic tablecloth to gather up the mess that’s left and discard. Disposable Tablecloth

Clean Up

Step Eight

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15-40 minutes. I like mine a bit crunchier and so I had to keep checking the crispiness. Some recipes state to cook for a shorter period. Their seeds must have been drier than mine! They are so good!

How To Roast Pumpkin Seeds

Finished Product

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
1 hr 10 mins
 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Author: Linda Loosli
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cover your table with a plastic disposable tablecloth for easy cleanup. Place the pumpkins on a cookie sheet and use a sharp knife to cut around the stem to remove it. Use a scraper or spoon to scrape and gather the seeds to put into a bowl. Scrape as many of the seeds as possible until the inside of the pumpkin is clean and smooth. Now we need to separate the pumpkin seeds from the pumpkin strings in the bowl with the seeds. Use a colander and rinse the seeds under cool water and swish your hands around to get rid of the strings. The seeds will float to the top. Be sure and look through all the seeds carefully because you may see some seeds that are bad and will not want any strings left on them. Now pat dry the seeds as much as you can with a cotton towel or paper towels. Let them sit overnight so they dry completely before you roast them. Spread them evenly on a cookie sheet so they will completely dry overnight. Drizzle a little (about 1-2 tablespoons)of olive oil depending on how many pumpkin seeds you have. Today I sprinkled the pumpkin seeds with Johnny’s All Season Salt and some Garlic Salt. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and bake for 15-40 minutes. I like mine a bit crunchier and so I had to keep checking the crispiness. They are so good!

How do I store the pumpkins seeds?

Storing pumpkin seeds is easy, you just need to decide if you are going to store them before or after they have been roasted. If storing them before roasting, you need to at least dry them out before putting them in any container. The best way to dry them is to set them out on a dishtowel or paper towels to remove excess moisture. Then, using a dehydrator or your oven, put them on a cookie sheet or tray and bake them at 250 degrees for about an hour. Once they are dry you can put them in an airtight container.

If you plan to roast them and then place them in the airtight containers, follow the roasting instructions above before placing them in the containers. You may be surprised and have them eaten before you have a chance to place them in the containers since they are so tasty!

Do I need to boil the pumpkin seeds before roasting them?

No, you don’t need to boil them. You do need to make sure they are as clean as possible, so some people soak them as a means to help them remove the strings attached. I didn’t soak mine, but I did “scrub” them with my fingers before putting them on the cookie sheet to be dried.

Can pumpkin seeds be eaten raw?

Yes, you can eat them raw. They do taste fine that way, but most people take the time to roast them with some seasonings to help bring out the unique flavor of the pumpkin seeds. I’m not sure how serious it may be, but studies have shown that SOME people have difficulty digesting the raw seeds, and they may cause stomach aches and diarrhea.

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Why are pumpkin seeds sometimes bad for you?

The main issue with pumpkin seeds and your health relates to the seasonings. Although the seeds do have some sodium, adding seasonings tends to add more sodium which has been shown to be a leading cause of high blood pressure.

What is the best time to eat pumpkin seeds?

The roasted seeds are a good treat at any time. Most of us are tempted to eat something between meals, often eating things that may not be healthy or which go against our current diet goals. As with any food, eat this treat in moderation, and you may want to treat it as a dessert or small bedtime snack.

Do you have to soak the pumpkins seeds before roasting them?

In case you missed this post, How To Choose The Right Pumpkin As mentioned above, I didn’t soak mine before roasting. It is a personal preference, but keep in mind you’ll still need to dry them, adding time to your process of getting them ready for roasting.

What are some of the health benefits of eating roasted pumpkin seeds?

There are a number of health benefits from eating pumpkin seeds. First of all, they are rich in proteins and unsaturated fats. The body is best served when you get sufficient omega 6 fatty acids, and these seeds provide those.

Pumpkin seeds are also rich in zinc, calcium, iron, B12, and folate. They also contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, a nutrient known to benefit your eyes.

Some additional benefits include:

Due to the zinc and fiber content, the seeds have been shown to benefit pregnant women. They are also shown to experience better digestive health. The nutrient magnesium can provide stronger bones too.

Zinc also can improve fertility in men. Especially men can benefit from the seeds lowering their blood pressure. Men have also been shown to have improved bladder and prostate health.

All of us can benefit from the lower cholesterol by seeing improved heart health, which is so important. We all can see reduced inflammation due to the antioxidants found in pumpkin seeds.

Finally, eating a moderate amount of seeds on a consistent basis has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. What a blessing to have such a delightful treat that provides so many advantages healthwise!

Final Word

It’s all about making memories and teaching our kids and grandkids the joy of working together in the kitchen. Let me know how you roast your pumpkin seeds. If you have a different approach I’d like to know about it. May God Bless this world, Linda

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