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This was terrible advice. Followed instructions step by step, same temps, seeds seemed perfect, exact times…after baking we cracked open a ton of seeds and there was nothing inside (even though they had something inside them before and after boiling. Not sure what happened, however did some sound advice from somewhere else. The seeds need to be completely dried out before attempting anything with them (boiling in salt water and then roasting). Wasted a beautiful head of seeds, so now waiting for my next few sunflowers to finish dropping their petals and drooping over before collecting those ones and starting again.
Hi GS, I’ve roasted sunflower seeds this way so many times without an issue, and have never encountered the “nothing inside” issue that you did. No idea what happened. I haven’t had to dry the seeds first, as they are ready when they come out easily and the squirrels start eating them. I can tell you that if you crack open a shell after boiling and roasting and there is nothing inside of it, there was nothing there to begin with.
Boil them for several hours in salt water till shell gets soft.
Then roast them and you do not need to bother with shell peeling. Eat it whole with shells, they changed constitution, they are crispy and tasty now. Unpeeled the seeds are even more delicious.
Do you call the seeds before the prep? Mine came out with small pieces of flower. Does that need to be sorted out, or do you just avoid it when eating? I also saw an article that said you can use a rolling pin on the seeds then put in water. Shells will float to the top and seeds will sink, if you want to she’ll them without equipment.
Hi Jean, it hasn’t really been much of an issue for me, but if you are seeing small pieces of the flower I would try to remove them before boiling them. Interesting idea on the rolling pin, I haven’t tried that!
I super appreciate this top rated recipe because I’ve never tried this before. However, 400° on the top rack is a little too hot imo. Just be cautious. Thank goodness I was paying close attention and lowered the rack to the middle. Overall, pleased with the end results after adding a dash of common sense.
Hi Melissa, everyone’s oven is a little different. You really do need to pay attention and adjust to what works best for your oven.
This recipe is simple and to the point of how to roast sunflower seeds. The content is easy to read and just about everyone will understand it.
It would have been a plus to see just how it is done, though. By way of step-by-step pictures or a short video. Visuals help a lot of people.
I would have liked it better if the author had added a quick comment on how to season the sunflower seeds.
Thank you this was great information
How to flavor (store bought, already roasted, unsalted, in shell) seeds with cheddar powder, dill powder, etc?
Hi, Stephanie! I’d recommend tossing the seeds with a little olive oil then with the spice mix you’d like to use, and then toasting them briefly in the oven. I know they’re already toasted, but I think even a quick 5 minute toast will help the spices stick. Enjoy!
Wonderful. I added a bit of garlic salt and they tasted great!!!
I’ve been looking for a salt and vinegar sunflower seed recipe in the shell. Can you help me?
If you want a good vinegar flavor, use powdered malic acid. It’s the acid from fruit. It won’t take much. The vinegar powder I’ve used is cut with dextrose and is very weak.
Hello, I’m harvesting my first sunflowers soon, and how do I know if they’re ready? Have some with very dark purple shells, not sure if they’re ready?
Hi Faith, if they are practically falling out of the sunflower, they are ready. Also, you can pull one out, crack it open and eat it raw to test.
save at least 10 seeds to start plants again next year. i have a hard time starting them. my plants have been in our family over 150 years.
My husband planted 3 sunflowers last year, they was over 8ft high and the sunflowers was huge. So this he planted more and they was huge as well weighing 9.7 lb sunflower with very large and meaty seed that i will soon roast..
Has anyone tried making flavored sunflower seeds?
Not sure what kind of sunflower plant I have at my grandmas house hope they are mammoth and how do you make smaller ones roasted? Thanks
Hi Caleb, it’s not really worth it to roast the seeds from smaller sunflowers, they’re too hard to eat! Best to leave them for the birds (and squirrels). But, if you wanted to, you probably only need to roast them for a few minutes.
How long will these keep if sealed in FoodSaver bags and kept in a cool dry place away from the sun???
Hi Jeb, well I’m still eating my sunflower seeds from last season, which is almost a year ago, and they were kept in an open bowl. So I’m guessing for a while.
Awesome. Doing 8 cups of seeds now and that’s only about a third of what we had growing…
is there anything we can do with the boiled water (juice) to make some kind of oil?
Hi Betty, Not that I’m aware of.
I soaked my seeds overnight in a bowl of saltwater
Then I roasted them in the oven at 250 F for two hours, and they came out perfect.
No worries about burning them when using a lower temperature.
Roasted mine at 300f for about 40mins…also perfect :) good medium time balance without fear of burning.
Yeah George’s method is much better. At 400F you get uneven results, mostly hard shells with mushy hearts or hard shells with crispy hearts. Soak overnight and roast at 250F.
I just harvested my sunflower seeds, is there a way to make them have a flavor like big sunflower seeds, if so thanks
Yes if you have a sharp needle and some vanilla extract or some other extract
I want to plant a sun flower as a project and eat the seeds what seed do I get? Can I use the ones u eat? And is it to late now to plant it? Plz reply thx!
Hi Jake, great questions. When to plant sort of depends on where you live. Here in Sacramento, California, now is the time to plant sunflower seeds (raw, in the shell). You want to plant a “mammoth” variety, so you get a big sunflower with lots of seeds. You might want to go to a nursery and buy a small mammoth sunflower that has already started to grow, and then just transplant it into the garden. My best advice is to ask someone who works at a local nursery what will work best for where you live!
My Kindergarten class is growing Mammoth Sunflower Plants and I had no idea how to cook them! Thank you so much for this! Do I have to let them dry out before I boil them??
Hi Angela, no need to dry them before you boil them. Have fun!
I cut my sunflower heads last fall and left them to dry. The seeds are quite edible. Do you have any experience with roasting them after they’ve been drying all winter?
I do not. Anyone else?