Wednesday, November 13, 2013

(Nearly) Free pumpkin seeds

So you know pumpkin seeds? Go for HUGE (well, more than most seeds) sums of money? They're yummy in many things including homemade cereal but also quite pricey.

We've been eating pumpkin a lot recently, and I was looking at the scooped-out flesh, full of seeds, thinking: pumpkin. Seeds in a pumpkin. You can see where I'm going with this, right?

So we've been washing and drying the seeds, then prising open the pod-type things to remove the seed inside. It's a bit of a pain, really - takes a while and you don't get many seeds at the end of it (or as my boyfriend said as we sat up removing seeds at 11 last night - "you can see why they cost so much!") but why throw away something as yummy as pumpkin seeds? When we already paid for them when we bought the pumpkin?

The method, so far as there is one, is wash mostly clean, dry on some paper towel on a rack, then when totally dry prise open with a sharp knife and remove the seed. There is a knack to getting them out whole, rather than in fragments, but I'm not entirely sure what it is. It's still a bit hit and miss, to be honest. Can I call this learning a new skill? I wonder if my grandmother knew how to depod pumpkin seeds?


  1. Plant one in April, nurture it inside until the frost risk is past (June for UK but don't know about Brussels) then plant it outside in the biggest container you can find. By Sept/Oct you should have free pumpkin and more free seeds!

    1. Oooh! I like this idea. But it does mean not eating all the seeds between now and April...



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