How to Bake Pumpkin Seeds

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Very few fruits are as versatile as the pumpkin. You can make pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup or pumpkin bread, and you can even bake the seeds and eat them as a snack. Find out how to best bake pumpkin seeds.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh pumpkin seeds
  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray
  • Salt
  • Kitchen knife
  • Baking sheet
  • Paper towel
  • Spatula
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Step 1

Separate the seeds of a freshly carved pumpkin from the stringy membrane. Rinse the seeds just until they are free of any membrane matter.

Step 2

Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Step 3

Place the seeds on a paper towel and let them dry for a few minutes.

Step 4

Spray a baking sheet with butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray or brush with a light coating of vegetable oil. Put the seeds on the baking sheet in a single layer, turning to coat lightly with the spray or the oil. Sprinkle the seeds lightly with salt, if desired.

Step 5

Put the baking sheet in the oven. Cook the seeds for 10 to 20 minutes, or until brown and slightly crisp, turning once. Allow to cool before eating.

Step 6

Store seeds in an airtight container.

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