It’s that time of year again when families have bonding moments over carved pumpkins and roasting the seeds. Do you dread separating the seeds from the pulp as much as I do? I’ll share a little secret. You can have perfect pumpkin seeds AND save time and energy. Yes, it’s really true. Here’s the secret. You boil them. Scroll down for all the steps to perfect pumpkin seeds.
Carve out all the seeds and pulp from your pumpkin. Rinse them in a colander and pick out the biggest chunks but don’t stress about this because we are getting perfect pumpkin seeds the easy way. Next, fill a deep pot with water and add some salt. This is not an exact measurement but approximately 1 tsp of salt to 1 cup of water should do the trick. You can experiment with the exact ratio that you prefer. Add the seeds and pulp into the pot of water. It will look something like this:
See how the seeds and goo are all mixed together? Turn your pot on high and get the water to boil. As the water heats up the pulp will begin to separate from the seeds. The seeds will float to the top. See now how we are going to get the perfect pumpkin seeds and save time and energy? Yes! Boil it for just a couple minutes to make sure the pulp will separate. After the boiling process it will look like this:
Notice the pulp has sunk to the bottom? Once you have boiled the seeds for a couple minutes pour the water/seeds into a colander. The pulp will be very easy to pull out of the seeds. You are getting closer to your perfect pumpkin seeds! Give the seeds one final rinse.
Finally, add a teaspoon or two of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt, pepper or your other favorite seasonings. My husband and I love to put berbere on ours for a little extra spice. Place the seeds in a single layer and roast for 12-18 minutes at 400 degrees. I usually set my timer for 15 minutes but end up roasting for about 17. The exact time will depend on your oven.
Let the seeds cool. Snuggle up. Play a board game. Enjoy your perfect pumpkin seeds!
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