How to Dry Pumpkin Seeds


Pumpkins are among the easiest crops to grow and they yield a versatile vegetable. From carving into our Halloween Jack-O-Lanterns to providing yummy pies during the holidays, pumpkins are a big part of American life. Even the seeds of the noble pumpkin provide us with snacks. Whether you want to dry your pumpkin seeds to roast as a snack, to toast for inclusion in a soup, or to plant in next year’s garden, it is a messy, but easy process.

Step 1

Lay newspapers on the work surface.

Step 2

Cut around the stem of the pumpkin and remove the top.

Step 3

Use your hands to pull the seeds from the pumpkin, freeing them from the stringy pulp.

Step 4

Place the pumpkin seeds in the strainer and run tepid water over them. Use your fingers to remove any pulp that is clinging to them.

Step 5

Allow the seeds to sit in the strainer until all the water has drained.

Step 6

Place the seeds in a dehydrator set to 115 to 120 degrees F for 1 hour and remove. If you don’t have a dehydrator, spread the seeds on a baking sheet, or layers of newspaper, and place them in a cool, dry area for two to three weeks, until they are dry. Turn them daily.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers Sharp knife Strainer Dehydrator Baking sheet


  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln: Drying And Roasting Pumpkin Seeds
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