Drying and Roasting Pumpkin Seeds

Alice Henneman, MS, RD, UNL Extension in Lancaster Countypumpkin

Many people are interested in how to roast pumpkin seeds during the fall months. Here are some tips from Florida Cooperative Extensive Service:

Drying seeds and roasting seeds are two different processes.

To dry: carefully wash pumpkin seeds to remove the clinging fibrous pumpkin tissue. Pumpkin seeds can be dried in a dehydrator at 115 to 120 degrees F for 1 to 2 hours, or in an oven on warm for 3 to 4 hours. Stir them frequently to avoid scorching.

To roast: take dried pumpkin seeds and toss with oil and or salt and roast in a preheated oven at 250 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes.

Source: Reynolds, Susan, Drying Seeds, Popcorn and Nuts, Fact Sheet FCS 8506, a series of the Department of Family, Youth and Community Sciences, Florida Cooperative Extension Service, Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, University of Florida. Publication date: June 1998

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