Drying Pumpkin Seeds

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When carving a jack-o’-lantern for Halloween you may be wondering what you can do with all of the seeds? How about drying them? They make a great snack.

To dry the seeds gently wash them remove all of the pumpkin flesh and stringy matter. If using an electric dehydrator, dry at 115–120ºF for 1 – 2 hours. Pumpkin seeds can also be dried in the oven on the lowest setting; it will take 3–4 hours. Check and stir the seeds frequently during oven-drying taking care that they do not scorch.

Sun drying is not recommended in NC due to the high humidity.

Make sure the seeds are completely dry before storing. Once cool, place seeds in a bag or jar and seal. If moisture accumulates in the bag or on the walls of the jar, remove the seeds and continue drying. Moist pumpkin seeds will rot during storage.

Pack in portions that can be used all at once. Every time the bag or jar is opened is an opportunity for moisture to accumulate and lower the quality of the dried seeds.

Store the seeds in a dry, cool, dark area. The cooler the area the longer the storage. Most dried foods are good for 4 months to a year.

***If you need a pumpkin and are still looking for that most sincere patch, try
the NC Pumpkins page from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and
Consumer Services.***