Baking Fresh Pumpkin Seeds
By Joseph Parish
The season is certainly upon us at this time of the year. You would find that there are few foods available that offer such a vast number of uses as the pumpkin. From this useful garden product you can create delightful pumpkin pies, delicious soup or some tasty pumpkin bread. For decoration during the Halloween season you can use it to craft an interesting lantern or use the seeds as a wonderful snack treat. My wife and I did not grow any sort of pie pumpkin this year however a friend was kind enough to provide us with a huge selection to work with. Not being one to waste valuable food we decided to make good use of this produce.
We cleaned and prepped the pumpkin to make pies from and still had the seeds left over. Since Pumpkins are not merely for making holiday pies or scary jack-o'-lanterns we decided to make a treat for our grandchildren. As we sat at our kitchen table we began to think of how our children would always enjoy eating the roasted pumpkin seeds when they were young and we decided that perhaps our grandchildren would enjoy them as well.
Here is the procedure that we used in making our pumpkin seeds. The necessary items that you will need are:
The first thing that you will need to do is separate the actual seeds of your pumpkin from its stringy membrane. After doing that rinse the seeds carefully until you can no longer see any additional membrane like matter attached to them.
At this time you will want to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Blot your cleaned seeds with a paper towel to remove any excess water and let them sit for a few moments. Rub some vegetable oil onto a baking sheet. Place the seeds in a single layer around the surface of the sheet. Turn them in order to coat each side with the oil. Sprinkle them slightly with a little salt if you wish.
Place your tray into the oven and cook for approximately 20 minutes. The seeds should be light brown and display a crisp texture. Allow your seeds to cool prior to eating them. Store your roasted pumpkin seeds in a clean airtight container. Your finished pumpkin seeds may be eaten either with the shell peeled off or on.
For a little added treat you can experiment with using different spices on your seeds.
Copyright @2009 Joseph Parish
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