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Slow-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

Slow-Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

When slow-roasted with a little salt and butter, pumpkin seeds make delicious snacks rich in nutritious minerals such as zinc. When I was growing up, carving pumpkins always meant that my mother would ask us to help her collect and wash the pumpkin seeds. She would then roast them in the oven until they were golden brown, filling the house with their rich, nutty aroma. Ive never been able to make them as perfectly as she did, but this is her recipe:

  • pumpkin seeds from 1 or more pumpkins
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • salt

Wash the pumpkin seeds to remove all the pulp, and place in a bowl. Melt the butter in a pan and then pour, bit by bit, into the nuts, tossing while you go. They key is not to use too much butter, but just enough to lightly coat the seeds. Smaller pumpkins may require less than 1 tablespoon of butter, larger ones more. Add salt. Preheat the oven to 250F; spread the seeds out over a baking pan and bake, turning occasionally, until crisp and lightly golden browned. Overcooking causes the nuts to toughen and lose flavor.

American Indian Variation
Wash the pumpkin seeds thoroughly, and place them in a bowl. Cover with cold water to which just enough salt has been added that it is still drinkable, and let soak overnight. Drain the seeds, place them on a cookie sheet, and cook in a low oven-250 F-until they are crisp and golden brown.

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Annie B. Bond

Annie is a renowned expert in non-toxic and green living. She was named one of the top 20 environmental leaders by Body and Soul Magazine and "the foremost expert on green living." - Body & Soul Magazine, 2009. Learn Annie's latest eco-friendly news on, a website dedicated to healthy and green living.


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8:11AM PDT on Oct 23, 2012

interesting way to roast the pumpkin seeds - thanks

3:42AM PDT on Oct 22, 2012


6:38AM PDT on Oct 21, 2012


8:15AM PDT on Sep 23, 2012

How about adding cinnamon?

11:21AM PDT on Sep 10, 2012

we always had these around Halloween time

9:17AM PDT on May 10, 2012


1:01AM PST on Jan 10, 2012

Thank you for this very interesting article.

10:36PM PST on Jan 7, 2012

Interesting article!

12:13PM PST on Jan 6, 2012

Thank you

2:20AM PDT on Oct 17, 2011

Did anyone mention yet that acorn squash seeds cook identical
to pumpkin!I place my squash on middle rack and seeds on bottom! Healthy!!!! Oh add just a sprinkle of plain powder cinnamon!

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