Easy Way to Shell Sunflower Seeds


Sunflower seeds make a tasty and nutritious snack. A single sunflower can produce hundreds of these tiny seeds, which should be removed from their shells before you eat them. At first, it may seem like an overwhelming task to manually remove seeds from their shell, but there is a solution that makes it simple. With the right tools, you can separate hundreds of sunflower seeds from their shells in as little as 10 minutes.

Step 1

Put the seeds in a seed mill. Small seed mills for home use can be bought for as little as $10 at farm supply stores and on the Internet.

Step 2

Grind the seeds in the mill according to the directions of your particular seed mill.

Step 3

Fill a large pot with water. Dump the seeds and shells in the water for five minutes. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the water while the shells float to the top.

Step 4

Remove the shells from the top of the water. You can use a cup, bowl or any other type of similar object to scoop them out.

Step 5

Pour the water and seeds through a strainer.

Step 6

Lay the wet seeds out on a flat surface and let them dry. Do not store them until they are completely dry, as moisture can promote mold growth.

Things You'll Need

  • Sunflower seeds
  • Seed mill
  • Large pot
  • Water
  • Cup
  • Strainer


  • WHFoods.com: Sunflower Seeds
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