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Easy Guide To Drying Pumpkin Seeds To Eat (3 Methods+Recipe)

  • Amy 

Easy Guide To Drying Pumpkin Seeds To Eat

Pumpkins are delicious, nutritious, and fun to carve. 

But the seeds are usually tossed out when pumpkin carving or making pie pumpkins, which is a waste of perfectly good food and money and is even detrimental to our environment! 

Drying pumpkin seeds will help them stay fresh longer, making them perfect for eating.

Aside from planting them to get more pumpkins, you can also use dried pumpkin seeds as a healthy snack or add them to salads, soups, and stews.

In this article, we’ll teach you how to properly clean and dry pumpkin seeds for eating and provide a tasty recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds. 

How to Clean Pumpkin Seeds

  1. Prepare your workstation. Cover your table with paper for easy clean-up.
  2. Carefully scoop pumpkin seeds from the fresh pumpkin and put them in a bowl or directly on your paper-covered table.
  3. Manually separate the seeds from the chunks of pumpkin guts or the stringy pumpkin fiber and pumpkin pulp.
  4. Place the pumpkin seeds in a strainer or colander and rinse them while also picking out any pumpkin guts.
  5. When they are clean, pat the pumpkin seeds dry with a kitchen towel. Do not use paper towels because they can rip and stick to the wet pumpkin seeds. 

You can now start to fully dry the pumpkin seeds.

By the way, if you want, you can save the pumpkin guts. Blend the chunks of pumpkin guts into homemade pumpkin puree to add to food and drinks or make them into skincare products – but that’s for another article!

How To Dry Pumpkin Seeds

There are different ways to dry pumpkin seeds.

Sun Drying/ Air Drying

  1. Spead the clean pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a tray or even clean cardboard.
  2. Place the tray or cardboard out in the sun for sun drying. For air drying, you can just leave the tray or cardboard on your kitchen counter.
  3. Stir the pumpkins occasionally every few hours to ensure even drying.
  4. Leave the pumpkin seeds to dry for at least 4 hours or until fully dry. Usually, they’re dry enough after leaving them overnight. 

Using A Dehydrator

  1. Place your clean pumpkin seeds in your dehydrator.
  2. Set the dehydrator at 115-120ºF and let it run for 1 to 2 hours or follow any specific in your dehydrator’s manual if there’s any.

Using An Oven

  1. Place your clean pumpkin seeds in a single layer on a baking sheet and put that in your oven.
  2. Set your over to 170 ºF
  3. Let the pumpkins dry for 3 to 4 hours.
  4. Stir the pumpkins frequently to prevent them from scorching and to evenly dry each side.

Notes

You know the pumpkin seeds are completely dry when they easily break when bent or crispy. 

Do Pumpkin Seeds Need To Be Dry For Roasting?

Not necessarily; pumpkin seeds will dry as they roast, but drying your seeds beforehand makes a huge difference. Roasting pumpkin seeds without drying them can cause them to be chewy and not crispy.

Drying pumpkin seeds before roasting them makes the seasonings cling to the seeds better. 

It also makes the pumpkin seeds crunchy.

Drying the seeds also makes them better for storing because they won’t spoil as quickly.

How Long Do Pumpkin Seeds Have To Dry?

How long the pumpkin seeds will dry will depend on the drying method you use. 

It can take anywhere from 1 hour (when using a dehydrator) to overnight (air drying at room temperature) or until you can break them easily when you bend them.

Pumpkin Seeds Storage

One of the benefits of drying pumpkin seeds is that you can store dry pumpkin seeds longer than raw pumpkin seeds if you’re not roasting them right away.

Raw and fresh pumpkin seeds will only last for 3-4 days even in an airtight container and are refrigerated. 

Dry pumpkin seeds, on the other hand, will last for three months in a refrigerator and a year in the freezer. 

Make sure to place them inside an airtight container and always check for any signs of mold or spoilage before eating or adding them to your food. 

Roasted Pumpkin Seed Recipe

Spiced Maple Pumpkin Seeds

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried whole pumpkin seeds
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

Directions

  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and prepare large baking or cookie sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Also, prepare (clean and dry) your seeds for roasting.
  2. Brown your dried pumpkin seeds with melted butter over medium-low heat in a large skillet for about 10 minutes while stirring constantly.
  3. Once the seeds turn slightly brown in color, remove them from the heat and drain the excess melted butter.
  4. Stir in and evenly coat the seeds with maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  5. When they’re evenly coated with the spices, spread the seasoned pumpkin seeds in one layer on the prepared baking sheet.
  6. Bake or roast pumpkin seeds in the preheated oven for around 30 to 45 minutes or until crisp and golden brown. Make sure to stir occasionally or every 10 minutes to prevent burning and even roasting.

Final Words

As you’ve read, drying pumpkin seeds at home is definitely doable even at home.

It doesn’t require any special skills, and you can use whatever you already have at home – all you have to be is a fan of pumpkin seeds who’s willing to put in some effort. 

You can even let your kids join in the process to bond and educate them about cooking and not being wasteful.

Drying and roasting your own pumpkin seeds will produce not only a healthy and yummy snack but a great experience as well for kids and adults alike.

It also makes your pumpkin seeds store better, so you always have them when cooking your favorite pumpkin seed recipes.

We hope you found this article helpful, and we’re sure you’ll have success in drying your own pumpkin seeds. 

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Amy Toliver

Hey'all I'm Amy, a born foodie and diagnosed with celiac disease 7 years ago. I refused to cave into tasteless, boring gulten free food and create my own! On my blog you'll find info & cool facts along with recipes, all on gluten free foods!