Preparing Pumpkin Seeds


Whether you use a pumpkin to make the filling for pumpkin pie or to fashion a jack-o-lantern, the seeds you pull out of it will make a tasty homemade treat. Preparing pumpkin seeds is a wonderful way to get kids involved in making their own Halloween or fall snacks that aren't full of sugar. Plan to prepare your seeds immediately after removing them from your pumpkin so you have the freshest seeds possible.

Step 1

Pull the seeds away from the stringy pulp material from inside the pumpkin and collect only the seeds into a bowl. Discard the pulp after all of the seeds have been taken from it.

Step 2

Dump the seeds into a strainer or colander and rinse with clean, water over your sink. As you rinse, jostle the seeds around with your hand and pull out any pieces of pulp too large to slip through the holes in the colander.

Step 3

Pour the cleaned seeds out onto a layer of paper towels and blot dry to get rid of any excess water. Look for any more pulp you may have missed one last time as you blot the seeds.

Step 4

Spread the clean seeds out onto a cookie sheet in a single layer and sprinkle with salt to your liking. Bake for 20 minutes at 250 degrees Fahrenheit or until golden brown, stirring the seeds once after the first 10 minutes.

Step 5

Allow the seeds to cool before eating or storing them.

Tips and Warnings

  • Allow the seeds to cool before eating to prevent burning your mouth.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh-scooped pumpkin seeds
  • Bowl
  • Colander or strainer
  • Paper towels
  • Cookie sheet
  • Salt


  • "Preserving Summer's Bounty"; Susan McClure; 1998
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Margaret Telsch-Williams is a freelance, fiction, and poetry writer from the Blue Ridge mountains. When not writing articles for Demand Studios, she works for as a contributor and podcast co-host.