Now that fall is in full swing it’s time to enjoy the essence of a fall harvest by baking pumpkin seeds! They make a delicious snack to munch on throughout the season. Pumpkins are a great fruit to work with because you can use the seeds for snacking and the pumpkin as decor. Read on for our step-by-step instructions for cleaning and preparing pumpkin seeds.
There are many options on how to season pumpkin seeds. We chose to make a healthy savory choice by using the ingredients listed below.
2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil
Step 1: Cleaning & Preparing Your Pumpkin
To start off, preheat your oven to 375ºF now so you can bake the seeds later on. Gather your materials for cleaning and preparing your pumpkin seeds. Cleaning out a pumpkin can seem endless when you’re scraping every last bit of seeds and pulp from the interior of your pumpkin. To speed up this process, we attached a mixing beater to the end of a drill and loosened up all of the seeds and pulp inside the pumpkin.
Step 2: Separate and Clean Pumpkin Seeds
Pick out the pumpkin seeds from the bowl and place them on a separate plate. After this, pick through the pumpkin pulp to find any remaining seeds stuck to the flesh.
Step 3: Season and Bake Seeds
Pat the pumpkin seeds dry with a napkin or paper towel to remove any extra water from rinsing them. Drizzle vegetable oil and sprinkle sea salt on top of the seeds. Also toss the seeds gently with a spoon for an even coating of oil and salt.
Step 4: Carve Your Pumpkin
While your seeds are baking away, spend the extra 15 minutes carving your pumpkin! We used a jigsaw to cut out the jack-o’-lantern face on our pumpkin. Learn how to preserve your jack-o’-lantern for up to a month with our simple 1-step process here.
Step 5: Arrange & Enjoy!
There are a few other options in seasoning pumpkin seeds. For a more flavor, sprinkle both salt and pepper on the seeds before baking. If you’re a spice lover, check out this recipe to make pumpkin seeds with a kick! All in all, any of these pumpkin seed recipes are the perfect way to celebrate the fall season.