Pumpkin seeds are a fun, healthy snack food, but are most popular around the fall holidays such as Halloween and Thanksgiving when pumpkins are in season. The seeds, or pepitas, are roasted and can be flavored with almost anything you desire. High in zinc and minerals, pumpkin seeds are also an easy snack to obtain. When carving a pumpkin, just set aside any seeds you discover to the side instead of throwing them out.
Remove the slippery pumpkin seeds out of the pumpkin. Place them in a bowl of warm water to soak. After they have soaked for about ten minutes, rub them lightly with your hands to remove any pulp or membranes. Discard the pulp.
Let the seeds soak for about an hour. Drain them in a colander. Lay them in a single layer on a towel to complete the drying process over night.
Add any flavoring you desire. Imagine different chip and popcorn flavors, and you can see the sky is the limit when it comes to flavored pumpkin seeds. Try sprinkling cheesy seasoning over the seeds, or do Tex-Mex style with taco seasoning. Create a spicy recipe by sprinkling a mixture of cayenne pepper, regular pepper and chipotle powder over the seeds. Or just make them plain garlic with garlic salt. Toss the seeds in a bowl before baking and make sure they are dry.
Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Create a single layer of the pumpkin seeds on a baking sheet and drizzle or spray with some light olive oil. Sprinkle salt over the seeds generously. Place into the oven for one hour, checking on them every ten minutes to sift and stir the seeds around the tray.
Keep leftover seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator for storage.