Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t throw the seeds from your pumpkins and winter squash away! You can easily make them into a delicious, high-protein snack.

When you’ve scooped out the insides from your pumpkin or squash, put them in a bowl of warm water. That will make it easier to separate the seeds from the stringy, slimy insides. Separating the seeds can be a fun kids’ activity!

Put the seeds in a baking pan and add some canola oil (enough to just coat the seeds) and a sprinkling of sea salt. Stir.

Bake in an oven or toaster oven at 400, stirring every 5-10 minutes (you’ll hear them start to sizzle). They are done when they are golden, which takes about 20 minutes.

Enjoy as a snack or topping

All of the pumpkins we grow are “pie” varieties, so they have good, sweet flesh for baking in breads or pie, and are also good for soups. Of course, carving a Jack-O-Lantern is also a possibility!