Don’t throw away the seeds from your pumpkins! Turn them into a spicy, savory, crunchy snack.
Have you carved your jack-o-lanterns yet? If you haven’t, I’m so happy, because I want you to try making your own pumpkin seeds!
Homemade pumpkin seeds are a family tradition in our house. My husband gets full credit for this recipe, cuz he is the mastermind of these once a year savory, crunchy, freaking awesome seeds. All four of us celebrate the carving of the pumpkins – usually two days before Halloween – because 1.) We love to get our creative juices flowing, and 2.) We get to eat four giant pumpkins’ worth of seeds. For dayzzz!!!
You’re going to love these. It will add one more exciting tradition to the holiday. Plus, they are a good for you, unlike some other salty treats you might like. Kick those chips to the curb. The process is easy, so don’t think you can’t do this. YOU. CAN!
Check it out.
Pick the seeds out of the flesh, as you’re scooping it out of the pumpkin, and put them in a bowl. Don’t you just love the smell of fresh pumpkin? It’s so earthy. One of my favorite scents is the smell of candles scorching the tops of the jack-o-lanterns. It conjures up so many wonderful Halloween memories of my childhood.
Once you’re finished collecting the seeds, take them to the kitchen sink and pour them into a colander and rinse well. As the water hits the excess pumpkin flesh it will plump up and stick together, kind of like seaweed. That makes it easy to separate from the seeds. Pick out the flesh and throw it away.
While you’re cleaning the seeds, boil enough water in a pot to cover the seeds. Put the seeds in the boiling water (salt the water well) for one minute then drain in the colander. Let them cool for a bit. Now pat them dry with a paper towel and put them in a large bowl.
Add a tablespoon of olive oil to the bowl and sprinkle with the smoked paprika, chili powder, salt, and black pepper. Stir, stir, stir until the seeds are completely coated with the spices.
Spread the seeds on a parchment paper lined baking sheet and bake for four minute increments, shake the pan to move the seeds around after each increment. Keep going until the seeds are a light brown.
That’s it friends! Once they’re cool you can start munching. Easy? Yes! So, so good? Yes! Do you love me for sharing this with you? I hope so!
If you’re lucky, your family will like the pumpkin seeds better than all of that nutritionally void candy that has suddenly taken over your home. Wouldn’t that be something? There have been times when I bought a few extra pumpkins to carve because I wanted more snacks. Besides, my kids LOVED carving those pumpkins. And, I’m happy to report, that hasn’t changed, my son just sent us pictures of the jack-o-lanterns that he and his sweet girlfriend carved. They even went to a pumpkin patch to pick them. Smiling, I’m totally smiling!
My son and his adorable girlfriend carved these awesome jack-o-lanterns. Fun!
This is the carving tool set that Alex bought a few years ago. The handles are a sturdy wood, and they make the process sooooo much easier, and so much safer than using kitchen knives! Amazon.com has a beautiful pumpkin carving set that could be passed down from generation to generation if cared for. Click on the link to purchase.
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