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How many pumpkin seeds to cook?
Hi, Elena! As every pumpkin will have a different amount of seeds, I can’t tell you how many to cook. Cook all of the seeds that come in your pumpkin. If you get 1 cup of seeds use 2 tablespoons of salt. If you get two cups of seeds from your pumpkin use 4 tablespoons of salt.
Do pumpkin seed stay fresh after roasted?
Hi, Elena — You should be able to keep pumpkin seeds in an airtight container for up to 3 months. You can also freeze pumpkin seeds for up to a year just make sure you get all of the air out of the bag you’re freezing them in.
How much salt and oil on pumpkin seeds do add foil to pan do roasted pumpkin seeds stay fresh?
Hi, Elena — It says in step 2 to add 1 tablespoon of salt for every 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds you’re roasting. In step 3 it says to add 1 teaspoon of oil to the pan the toss the pumpkin seeds to coat. No need to use foil unless you want to use it.
I have never boiled my pumpkin seeds and they come out perfect. Just rinse in warm water or soak in water to remove pulp and that is sufficient to moisturize them. Then I dry them with a paper towel before tossing them in olive oil salt and pepper them and they turn out perfect. What does boiling do aside from stripping nutrients?
Hi, Tink! We found that boiling the seeds allows them to be seasoned all the way through resulting in a better tasting pumpkin seed, but if you are perfectly happy with the way you’ve always done it then you might as well stick with what you know.
Just made these and they are so yummy! Boiling in the salted water first not only gets the salt to permeate the seed, but reduces the roasting time too! Win-Win!
I really like the recipe and I’m making it right now and I believe it is going to come out successful! Thanks
Is it 2 cups of water AND 1 TBS salt for every half cup, because you say medium saucepan I read that as. 2 cups of water only. Thank goodness I only added 4 TBS salt for 4.5 cups of seeds. They are very salty Please clarify.
I did it at 400. 10 mins, then monitored it every 5 mins and stirred around. It was two more intervals. I used the olive oil, but missed the butter taste so I added a little of that and garlic powder. My usual combo. They turned out great. So crisp and golden. Wish I knew about boiling back in the day!! Thank you!!!!!!
Well before I made it i read all comments. School project and didnt want to mess up. Besides all stoves electric or gas or any other are different regardless. Instead of 400 i used 350 at intervals of 5min/5min/5min/3min/3min/3min. I have an electric stove. Preheated oven then placed in on top rack. I used the video for a visual and that helped as well.
**came out perfect
Thank you so much for the recipe! My family absolutely love them although I did turn my oven down to 300. Thank you for making my family’s halloween memorable!!!!
400 is way too hot. Large pumpkin seed were ruined after 10 minutes. Look for other recipes 300 to 350
Or just lower the heat……. for the record 400 worked for me. Took 15+ minutes.
yum!!! I make this every year and I love it!
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Elise, you’re recipes are the best!
First time ever getting any recipe from anywhere and have to say was a little apprehensive but it turned out that this recipe is delicious. Very crisp and flavorful.
Would this work for squash seeds too?
Hi Linda, it will work for the seeds of any winter squash.
Just made this and then roasted them with 1 TBLS Olive oil, 1/2 tsp of Garlic Powder, 1 TBLS Grated Parmesan, and 1/2 tsp Crushed Oregano. Very Tasty. Thanks
I grew my own pumpkins this year so I will definitely try your recipe. I’ve gone through the trouble of roasting seeds in the past, but with no luck. They usually turn out dry and yucky.
Thank you for inspiring me to try making them again.
This is my go to recipe. I can’t recall though. Do you use two cups of water for each half cup of pumpkin seeds or only two cups water total and 1 T. for each half cup of seeds?
Yes, 2 cups of water and one Tbsp of salt for each half cup of seeds.
What is the reason for boiling the seeds first? I never have & my seeds turn out nicely roasted & crunchy. If there is a reason to change how I do think t to make them even better, I certainly will, but it is nice to have a step forward r two less to do.
Hi Diane, boiling the seeds in salted water helps infuse the seeds with salt. You can also soak the seeds overnight in salted water.
I like the sound of the boiling method, I don’t have to wait overnight for them to soak. Thank you. Trying it out today!
This was the easiest and best tasting pumpkin seed recipe I’ve ever made. Wouldn’t change a thing. Thank you!