Carving Pumpkins? Here’s What To Do With All Those Leftover Pumpkin Seeds

by Lynnette

Halloween, Halloween pumpkins/carving, recipes to try

Jim scraping out the pumpkin guts prior to carving.IMPORTANT… When you’re done carving pumpkins for Halloween, don’t throw out the pumpkin seeds!

If you’re wondering what the heck pumpkin seeds are good for, check out these fun ideas for cooked, roasted, toasted, and baked pumpkin seeds…


Saving The Pumpkin Seeds

It seems such a waste to toss out the innards of carved pumpkins without getting something of value from the inside too.

Lynnette cleaning out the gooey pumpkin guts before carving a pumpkin.


So, if you do nothing else with your pumpkin innards this year, try this:

Save some pumpkin seeds to make a yummy snack!

Pumpkin seeds are high in protein and low in fat. Plus, they can be seasoned in many different ways. So, they’re both satisfying and tasty!

Following are some great tips for cooking, roasting, toasting, and baking pumpkin seeds.


Step #1: Prepare Your Pumpkin Seeds
A bowl of pumpkin seeds from our Halloween pumpkins.

  • Do not wash them first… washing removes all the natural flavor!
  • Children love to help with this project… they will enjoy sloshing through the fibers in pursuit of the slippery seeds.


Step #2: Cook Your Pumpkin Seeds

  • Simply, choose your preferred method for cooking the pumpkin seeds (below), then shell and eat them while warm.
  • Experiment with your favorite seasoning salts while the pumpkin seeds are still warm.


Step #3: Store Your Pumpkin Seeds

  • If pumpkin seeds are not consumed within 1 to 2 days, they can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.
  • Or store the cooked seeds in zip closure bags and refrigerate.
  • When refrigerated, pumpkin seeds will remain fresh for 1 to 2 months.


A cookie sheet filled with leftover pumpkin seeds.




Quick & Easy Pumpkin Seed Recipes


The Simplest Way To Roast Pumpkin Seeds:

  • Separate the seeds from the strings.
  • Place a single layer of pumpkin seeds on a cookie sheet.
  • Add some salt.
  • Bake at 300 degrees until dry, stirring occasionally.


How To Toast Crunchy Pumpkin Seeds:

  • Separate the seeds from the strings.
  • Stir in a very small amount of cooking oil.
  • Place a single layer on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.


How To Bake Buttery Pumpkin Seeds:

  • toasted-pumpkin-seeds-by-wordridden.jpgSeparate the seeds from the strings.
  • Spread seeds evenly on a cookie sheet.
  • Bake in a 375 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.
  • Once seeds are dry, dot them with butter.
  • Salt lightly and bake 10 to 15 more minutes in a 250 degree oven until golden brown. (Stir frequently to avoid scorching.)


How To Microwave Pumpkin Seeds:

  • Separate the seeds from the strings.
  • Use a microwave-safe dish.
  • Mix 1 cup of pumpkin seeds and 1 Tbsp. vegetable oil.
  • Cook in microwave on High for 2 minutes.
  • Remove from microwave and stir.
  • Continue to cook in 1-minute increments — stirring in between — until desired crispness.
  • Add salt to taste.


Pumpkin Seed Granola Recipe

Pumpkin_seeds_in_hand-public-domain.jpg 4 c. Oats

2 c. Wheat flakes

1/2 c. Oat bran

1/2 c. Wheat germ

1 c. Sesame seeds

1 c. Pumpkin seeds

1/2 c. Raw peanuts

1/2 c. Vegetable oil

1/2 t. Cinnamon

1/4 c. Honey or maple syrup

1/2 c. Raisins

1 c. Other dried fruit (apricots, apples, cranberries) or nuts

Combine grains, nuts, bran, and wheat germ in a big bowl. Slowly heat honey, cinnamon, and oil until honey is thin. Pour over grain mix. Scoop into 2 large baking pans and bake at 225 degrees for 2 hours, stirring every 20 minutes until toasty. Add fruit/nuts and cool.

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