Pumpkin seeds are yummy. And they are really good for you. The thing that most impresses me about their nutrient value is that they are good at ridding us of worms. Apparently the pumpkin seeds paralyze the worms enough to release from our intestinal lining and they then release and come out with our stool. Not quite so yummy, I know. But helpful in the healing of our bodies.
We have quite a few pumpkins. And I just have not been up to processing them. I usually bake them, puree the flesh and freeze. But none of that has happened so far this year. And here we are on the heels of December. But, alas, my children’s energy and motivation have come to my rescue. They have been craving pumpkin seeds for a while and today was the day. They are in the kitchen as I speak, cutting into the pumpkins and scooping out the seeds. Pumpkin pie clafoutis is a big motivation to process them, but mostly they want those seeds. Last night my 9 year old started the fun by dehydrating his seeds. This morning, he toasted then in salt and coconut oil. They taste lovely! Everyone else thought so too, so now we have a pumpkin processing party going on. Or at least they are scooping out the seeds. I will have to put the pumpkin in the blender after they have been baked. But it is SO NICE to have all the little people power to help me with this chore. And another really awesome benefit is that they are learning how to prepare food and feed their bodies nutritiously. I just love that!
Our Toasted Pumpkin Seed Instructions
-Cut into a pumpkin and scoop out the innards and the seeds. As best you can, separate the seeds from the goo.
-Soak seeds in 2 tsp. of sea salt and 2 cups of water for 12-24 hours. Soaking the seeds makes them easier to digest
-Drain the water from the seeds, rinse and pat dry.
-Place seeds on a pan and place in dehydrator for 2-3 hours at 165 degree’s until seeds have a crunch (you can also place in your oven to dehydrate)
After seeds are dehydrated we put them in a skillet on the stove top with some coconut oil and sea salt and stir continuously as the seeds get toasty brown. It only takes a few short minutes
-You can season your seeds creatively with chili powder, pumpkin pie spices, smoked paprika, etc.