Updated Directions, October 2017.
If you like to munch on pumpkin seeds, then try this quick and easy way to make this healthy, nutrient rich snack! The roasting process is approximate, keep an eye on them so they don't burn, but don't overcook them if you want the nutritional benefits.
Here are the notes from the slideshow (they sometimes are absent if you are reading this on a mobile device):
1. Wear an oven mitt when cutting the pumpkin for safety. It's a round object that can unexpectedly get away from you.
2. Be sure to wash and dry the pumpkin first.
3. Gently remove the stem and "hat" of the pumpkin, save for later.
4. Using tongs, scoop out the seeds and strings.
5. Put the seed mixture into bowl of cold, salted water. Whisk the seeds, and stir to help release them. Let them float to the top of the water.
6. Using a small strainer (or your hands), move the seeds to another bowl, rinse well, then transfer to a platter with a paper towel. Blot dry, and remove from the towel so they don't stick to it. Let air dry overnight on a glass platter.
7. Preheat oven to 275F. Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper. If applicable: Use skewers to make sections if you are using several seasoning options.
8. Toss seeds with 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil or coconut oil and the seasoning of your choice. I made 3 small batches of sea salt, sesame seeds, sugar & cinnamon toppings. Roast for 20 - 30 minutes. CHECK them so they don't burn, oven results vary. While the seeds are cooling, you can add more seasoning to taste.
9. Add a candle to the carved pumpkin, put on his "hat" and hello, Jack!.
TIP: Spin - do not soak - the pumpkin in cold water with 1 - 2 capfulls of household bleach to prevent mold and slow the deterioration process. If the bowl isn't big enough for the size of the pumpkin, then wet paper towels with the bleach and water mixture and rub it on. Don't forget the "hat" and stem. Use paper towel to thoroughly dry it off inside and out. Note: Even with this tip, they deteriorate more quickly when kept inside the house (instead of outside).
Here is my Jack-O-Lantern taking his bath!
TIP: Use a candle in a votive holder/cup to make it easy to change AND for safety reasons so the flame is contained!
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