Pumpkin Seed -Weekend Herb Blogging

My pumpkins have ripened premature this year so I have quickly
turned many into puree for freezing, canning and using later.
The others will soon follow suit.

I’m not sure why they have chosen to ripen
so quickly, but I am determined not to allow them get ahead of me.

While I have used pumpkin in all sorts of ways in my life, I
realized I have never before used the seeds for
anything other than replanting.

I jumped to the task of learning a little more about using pumpkin
seed and to use these.

I have learned that all pumpkin seed is edible. They can be
hulled or left unhulled.

I left mine unhulled.. how many hours are in a day anyway?

The first thing to do in using them
is to wash and dry them on paper toweling.

I read I’m suppose to boil them in salted water. That sounded
easy. So into salted water they went, hulls and all while I stirred for
about 10 minutes. I then drained them to toast.

They need oil to toast and I elected
to use butter.

I drained the seeds and mixed them with a little butter.
( I guess about two tablespoons melted).
Then place them on the foil lined sheet.

I baked them at 350 for about 35 minutes, I stirred them once.
They smelled so good roasting.

They are tasty and nutty little snacks with
quite a bit of crunch. You can use them in salads, dressings, sauces,
casseroles, soups, and baked goods.

Since I didn’t hull mine I chose to make a
granola, which I’ll never duplicate being thrown together
in a run of cleaning up on low kitchen staples.

It turned out good in spite of the hodgepodge. It is making a great tasting cereal with milk. Why didn’t I write as I threw?

Pumpkin seeds are said to contain L-tryptophan which
helps remedy depression.

You can read more about pumpkin seeds at this link-
13 Ways of Looking at a Pepita – By Rachel Forrest
and while your at it check out more Weekend Herb Blogging posts
at Anthonys Kitchen The Bachelor Cooking Blog

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and check out the WHB Rules at Kalyn’s Kitchen.

Happy Blogging!


7 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kalyn
    Aug 17, 2006 @ 20:10:12

    Very interesting. I’ve eaten these but certainly never roasted my own. Most impressive.


  2. coffeepot
    Aug 17, 2006 @ 20:40:49

    Thanks Kalyn. It was a lot of fun.


  3. cooknkate
    Aug 17, 2006 @ 22:18:31

    We roast those lil’ yummies each year when we carve our Halloweek punkins

    I love them straight out of the oven, roasted with a little salt.

    lotsa fiber too….watch out


  4. Sher
    Aug 18, 2006 @ 02:10:32

    I love munching on pumpkin seeds. Your pumpkins certainly did take you by surprise!


  5. Christa
    Aug 18, 2006 @ 10:06:37

    Oh, I love pumpkin seeds! I like to roast my own in the fall, as the packaged ones from the store tend to have way too much salt on them. I like them right out of the oven — great for snacking!


  6. Glenna
    Aug 19, 2006 @ 09:47:55

    Great idea! Love the idea of them in granola. High five!


  7. gattina
    Aug 21, 2006 @ 17:43:58

    I used to eat a lot of pumpkin seeds, yum!


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