Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Pumpkin Seeds

I'm a bit late with this post.  Most things are a bit late as of late.  Admittedly blogging is not my priority.

But I wanted to share our jack-o-lanterns from this Halloween and what came out of them.  The best I could do with the dark pictures was to up the contrast and thus the graininess.  Sorry, more and more obviously photography is not one of my priorities either,  I tried, really, I even took a photography class once way back with the old 35mm.  I think they were a bit easier than pushing menu and finding the right settings etc.   I went to a one evening class my super talented neighbor taught but it didn't  help me much.  I really need to get my dh to take my pictures, but he's never around when I need him.    Oh well.

Once you scrape out the insides of your pumpkins, separate the seeds from the other guts and rinse well.  Then boil in salt water for 10 minutes.  I don't have a ratio of salt:water I just pour in about a couple of tablespoons depending on how much water I have to boil - vs how much seeds etc.  Just give it a good amount of salt.  Somewhere around 3 Tbl salt to 6 cups water. 

Drain seeds in a colander, give a very quick rinse if you like then spread on a towel to dry.  I usually do all this the same night we carve and let them dry overnight.

 Mix1 teas. Worcestershire sauce, 3 Tbl. butter, and 1 teas salt.   Add seeds and toss to evenly coat.    Spread onto a baking sheet and bake at 225deg. for about 2 hours until thoroughly dry and crisp

It's a very tasty snack.


Tammy said...

Those seeds look yummy! I've never had pumpkin seeds.

That class taught by your talented neighbor went way over my head :)

Julie said...

So I tried to do some roasted pumpkin seeds this year, but worcestershire sauce sounded boring. I used Frank's Red Hot Sauce. They were okay, but they kinda tasted like burnt popcorn. Did I toast them too long? Oh, I didn't do that whole boiling in saltwater step. Maybe that's why?

Nicky said...

I don't know Julie, maybe the hot sauce being toasted changed the whole taste of the hot sauce. Many condiments burn easily. Have you ever toasted something else with hot sauce on it? Maybe you need to toss them in hot sauce after they are toasted? Or right at the end. It doesn't sound very appealing to me. I doubt the saltwater made a difference, I'm sure it had to do with the sauce. Good luck with the next experiment. Maybe Alyson would have a thought about it for you?

Julie said...

You're probably right about burning the hot sauce. I thought maybe it would just work like hot wings. But I guess that's why it's called experimenting. :)

Alyson said...

I am undecided about the best way to do pumpkin seeds. Soaking or boiling them in salted water makes the seed more plump and flavorful, but I also like to just cook the seeds with out the soak or with out even rinsing them, so there are still bits of pumpkin on them that get all crispy and yummy too. Probably a good substitute for the hot sauce would be cayenne pepper or chili powder?

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