How to Make Pumpkin Seeds Using a Dehydrator

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Things You'll Need

  • Pumpkin

  • Knife

  • Large spoon

  • Colander

  • Paper towels

  • Saucepan (optional)

  • Salt (optional)

Dry pumpkin seeds instead of roasting them for a crunchy snack.

Use the leftover seeds from carving a Halloween jack-o'-lantern or making a pumpkin pie. Dry the seeds for a healthy, fiber-filled snack alternative to roasted seeds. A food dehydrator facilitates the drying process by creating a controlled environment around the seeds. Salting the seeds before drying is optional, but it seasons the seeds from the inside rather than coating them after drying.


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Step 1

Cut off the top of a pumpkin with a heavy knife.

Step 2

Scoop out the seed cavity with a large spoon and transfer to a colander.

Step 3

Rinse the seeds under cold running water to separate the strings from the seeds.


Step 4

Pat the raw pumpkin seeds dry on paper towels. Optionally, salt the pumpkin seeds before drying. Bring to a boil a saucepan half full of water with salt to taste. Add the pumpkin seeds and boil for 30 minutes. Drain and pat dry the seeds.

Step 5

Arrange the pumpkin seeds on the drying racks of a food dehydrator in a single layer.


Step 6

Dry the pumpkin seeds at 95 degrees F on your dehydrator for six to eight hours or until crisp.

Step 7

Store the dried pumpkin seeds in an airtight container in the freezer or pantry.