Saving fresh pumpkin seeds is a surefire way to keep your fall pumpkin patch going for another season. If properly harvested, dried and stored, the seeds from just one of this year's pumpkins can be used for a whole other pumpkin crop next year.
Select a good, firm pumpkin with solid color and a good shape. Slice open the top and with a spoon begin scraping out the seeds and pulp and dumping them out on a newspaper-covered kitchen counter or table.
Separate the seeds from the pulp by hand, and dump the seeds into a colander. Rinse thoroughly with water, picking out any tiny pieces of pulp as they come loose.
Spread out the cleaned seeds on a baking tray lined with paper towels and blot dry.
Scoop up the seeds, yank out the wet paper towel and replace with a new, dry towel. Return the seeds to the tray and let dry for six to eight weeks in a cool, dry place.
Gather up the seeds and put in a plastic baggie, along with a paper towel (which will draw out any remaining moisture). Store the seeds in a cool, dry place until you are ready to plant them.