How do you cook your pumpkin seeds?

United States
October 11, 2012 1:55pm CST
I'm getting a pumpkin this weekend to carve it for Halloween. I know there are several different ways people prepare their seeds but I saw a recipe for spicy pumpkin seeds and automatically wondered if there was a recipe for sweet pumpkin seeds. I found one and it looks really easy, so I'm going to try this one over the weekend. It got me to wondering how everyone else prepares their seeds. My mother simply bakes hers with salt on them(Its a fun activity to involve the grandchildren in). What do you put on your pumpkin seeds? Do you bake them? Are there other ways of cooking them? Do you like them sweet, spicy, or salty?
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@mariaperalta (19094)
• Mexico
11 Oct 12
Here in mexico they soak them in water- let them dry out. Then place in oven a roast them.
• United States
12 Oct 12
I'm not sure if my mother has ever soaked hers in water but I think it would probably be a good thing to do. Soak them in some salty water and then let them dry out.
@riyauro (6428)
• India
11 Oct 12
The place where I am from, we don't even know that we can cook pumpkin seeds. We just throw it. I will call and tell my mom and I myself will save the pumpkin seeds from now. Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful day ahead.
• United States
12 Oct 12
I would have forgotten all about baking the pumpkin seeds if I hadn't gone to visit my mother. She and one of my nieces had carved their pumpkin and tried to bake the seeds but they didn't cook well. I think they left them in to long and they got burnt. So now I'm buying a pumpkin(mostly for the fun of carving it) and I'm going to bake them with my niece. I don't really like salty foods so I'm trying a sweeter recipe.
@allknowing (69422)
• India
13 Oct 12
I am glad something is being done with the seeds. What about the pumpkin? Will it be thrown away? I was in the US a few years ago during this festival and I saw heaps and heaps of pumpkins lying on the side of roads having no takers. A waste indeed. Does this happen even now?
@rog0322 (2834)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
12 Oct 12
Hi, We only have squash here. Pumpkins, like apples, don't grow in our kind of weather. Squash seeds we don't cook, we just throw them away in dumps to grow into other squash plants. Maybe I should try to process them like you do.
@deebomb (15322)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Hello shazt and welcome to myLot . This last week end my daughter and her girls went to an apple orchard with the intention of picking apples. They were too late. It had already frosted and the only apple that were any good for picking were in the tops of the trees. Since they couldn't pick apple but had to buy them they were give a nice pumpkin each. The girls will clean and carve their pumpkins this weekend. We clean the seeds really good making sure to get the seed membrane off the seeds. We then soak the seeds over night in some salt water. They are then drained and baked in the oven. We like ours salty.
@matersfish (6311)
• United States
11 Oct 12
Yeah. When I was a kid, I can remember my mom fixing them on a baking sheet with just some salt on them. I haven't had them in years. I might make some this year, now that you've reminded me of them. I'm thinking about maybe making some simple syrup with sugar and water, tossing the seeds in it, sprinkling them with cinnamon, and then drizzling some honey over them when they come out of the oven. And maybe I'll do a batch with more savory flavors, like rosemary and lemon to see how they taste.
@peavey (16866)
• United States
11 Oct 12
I like mine just salty. I clean them and soak them in salt water overnight, then bake them in a slow oven. My daughter uses a dry ranch dip mix and puts on them before baking. That's really good, too. You can put anything on them that you want. Some people toast them in a dry skillet on top of the stove, stirring them quite often, but to me it's easier to put them in the oven and just check them a couple of times.