Friday, October 18, 2013

October FotM Tips: Squash & Pumpkin Seeds

During the prep of pumpkins and winter squash we set the seeds aside for planting and to make roasted pumpkin seeds (or other squash seeds if you’d like)... Whenever preparing pie pumpkins or even carving Jack-O-Lanterns, save the seeds!

First, you'll need to scoop out the seeds, of course...

Look at all of that gunk.

Before you use the squash seeds for anything soak them in water.
This will help remove the goop and gunk from the seeds and make them clean,
after some gentle rubbing.

Cleaned up and ready for...

...drying to use in the garden next year.

...or roasting to munch on now!

Just oil them generously and sprinkle with sugar or salt and spices if you'd like.
Roast them at 400° for about 10 minutes, stirring halfway through.
If they look like they need a little more time, give them another couple of minutes, but be sure to check them frequently because once they start looking toasted, they'll get dark quickly.

Yummy, yummy!

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