I am a night snack eater, can't break the habbit. Too many years working the 3-11 shift as a nurse. I don't eat sweets, candy, or potato chips. I am allergic to sunflower seed..duh! but I really enjoy Toasted Pumpkin Seed. They are very tasty, crunchy, and satisfy my munching addiction. They are very easy to make at home. After toasting the seeds they will last a LONG TIME in an air tght container. Fill a pint plastic bag and stick it your pocket or purse. They have a good carbohydrate, protein, and iron in them. Don't throw your Pumpkin Seed away, TOAST THEM !!
1. Cut open pumpkin by cutting a circle around the stem end and pull the top off.
Using a strong metal spoon, scrape out the seeds and fiber that encloses them into a large bowl.
Place the pumpkin seed mass in a colander, run under water to rinse and seprate seeds from everything else. Put seed in seprate container and allow them to drain, Flipping and drying with paper towels. If they stick to paper towel shake loose.
Measure your pumpkin seed in a measuring cup, counting the number of cups *** If you have a lot of seeds you will need to do the following step in batches. **
To every 1/2 cup of seeds add 2 cups of water and 1 Tablespoon of salt. Place in a medium size sauce pan, bring salted water and seed to a boil, turn down to SIMMER, cook 10 minutes. Remove from heat and drain in colander. Repeat process until all seed are boiled and drained. I think you can bump up to 1 cup of seed to 2 tablespoons of salt but I wouldn't crowd more than that.
Drain seeds well !
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat the bottom of roasting pan with olive oil, about one Tablespoon. Spread seed on to roasting pan in single layer. Bake on top rack until seeds begin to brown - 10-20 minutes according to the size of the seeds. Small seed toast faster. KEEP AN EYE ON THEM SO THEY DON'T GET OVER TOASTED. You may stir seed in middle of roasting process.
When nicely brown, remove from oven and cool on a rack. When completely cooled, store in an air tight container such as a zip lock plastic bag.
You can peel and just eat the inside, I like the whole crunchy thing. If not salty enough can add more next time, I like not extremely salty.