Monday, October 22, 2012

Pumpkin Seeds

Fall is my favorite time of year. I don't know anyone who doesn't love the colors, spices, smells, and slight chill in the air. However, here in Charlotte,  you can wake up and it's 40 degrees outside, and by mid day, you get a sunburn while working a table at the flea market. That's absolutely not what happened to me and Justin yesterday. Nope.

Anyways, we bought a pumpkin a bit ago, and it just sat on our counter. Finally, last night, sunburned and tired, we decided to carve it. When I was young my dad would always pull the seeds and roast them. I decided to do the same.

After cutting the top off, we scooped out all the pulp and seeds, placing them in a large bowl to soak in cold water, and then moving them to a colander. 

We got it scraped pretty good. Not one seed was lost. 

It's going to be impossible to get ALL the pulp, but as long as there isn't tons it's all right. Make sure they're washed well. They'll be super slippery too. Resist the urge to dry them too much. 

Place them in a single layer on a cookie sheet that has been well olive oiled. I drizzled a little more olive oil on top, then salt and pepper. I mixed 'em around, spread them out again, washed my oily hand, and added more salt and pepper. 

Place them in the oven at 325 for 25 minutes. Once the timer hits about seven minutes left, it's okay to carefully reach in and snag one or two or three or four. 

Unfortunately, my camera died (it's very old...looking to get a new one soon!) and I don't have a photo of the finished product. :( But, imagine roasted, salted, and peppered pumpkin seeds that are delicious.

Health benefits of pumpkin seeds are:

Improved bladder function
Depression treatment
Prevention of Osteoporosis
Cholesterol fighter
Cancer fighter

So...we carved the pumpkin! We read on Homesteading Self Sufficiency Survival  that you can use a cookie cutter and a hammer if pumpkin carving isn't your forte. Deciding to give our pumpkin stars for eyes, it worked. Our star cookie cutter was sacrificed, and it even peeled the inside of the pumpkin even more! Observe:

But, the final result...

:) Happy October!

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