That chewy, dense texture sometimes found in roasted pumpkin seeds can really turn people off from the whole Halloween tradition – but it doesn’t have to be that way.
You can make totally crispy pumpkin seeds from your jack-o-lantern (and other fall veggies) and the method might surprise you. The trick is to soak them in water first. Truly. It’s easy! And delicious. Readers rave about them!.
Making pumpkin seeds hardly takes a recipe, and the soaking process has the bonus of decreasing nutrient inhibitors and increasing nutrition immensely (see my series on soaking grains for more).
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The best part about carving pumpkins isn’t the gooey mess all over your hands (and up to your armpits, practically), it isn’t the scummy mold that forms well before you think it should on your creations, and it isn’t even the frustration of forcing a 2mm thick knife through two inches of solid rind to make detailed designs around the eyes. Oh no, friends, such as rarely happens in the real food kitchen, you’ve got an opportunity for free nutrition, better than you can buy at the store, and for far less money.
I can’t remember how much they were, possibly because that part of my memory is permanently scarred. They were lots of dollars per pound.
Whether you’ve never actually captured the seeds from inside your jack-o-lantern, or you’ve been roasting them forever and wondered if you could make them “crispy” pumpkin seeds, I’m here to give you all the lazy shortcuts:Print