How to Make Perfect Pumpkin Seeds

After you've carved your jack-o-lantern for Halloween, it's time to roast perfect pumpkin seeds! Here's how you can make this salty and crunchy snack, that's healthy too!


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One of our Halloween traditions has always been to roast the pumpkin seeds that come out of the pumpkins that we carve. For as long as I can remember, we always did this as kids and then I started and continued the tradition with my own kids. In our house, there is no way you carve a pumpkin without also roasting the pumpkin seeds afterwards.

The first step to getting perfect pumpkin seeds is cleaning your pumpkin!

  1. Set up a work area: We usually lay down newspaper or an old plastic tablecloth to keep our area clean.
  2. Cut off a lid to your pumpkin: Cut a 2-3″ circle radius around the stem to do this.
  3. Clean out the inside of your pumpkin: This is where you get all the seeds from. You can use a kitchen spoon to scrape and scoop the insides, but we find a pumpkin scoop to work the best. If you have a drill, then you might like using a "Pumpkin Gutter" attachment, which makes the job super easy.



Making your own pumpkin seeds is really easy, but there are two steps that are most important:

#1. Clean your pumpkin seeds well: You really want to wash them well and discard of any and all pumpkin fibers. Over the years, I've had a time or two when I didn't clean the seeds well enough and they really don't turn out as well. So, grab your colander and clean them…and then clean them again.

#2. Keep a watch on them when they are baking: I'm really bad at getting sidetracked, so I set my kitchen timer for 10 minutes. This way, it will alert me and I can go in and move the pumpkin seeds around on the baking sheet. I repeat this every 10 minutes until they are done. I'm very serious about using the timer — there has been times when I didn't do it and sure enough, I let them burn.


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