Dear Whoever Has Been Throwing Away the Pumpkin Innards,                                 10/29/2011

     We all know that nasty muck that accumulates as we scrape it out by the handfuls as we carve those ridiculous faces into our pumpkins. That nasty gooey stuff kids are so squeamish to pull out of the pumpkin.

Those seeds and pulp we always throw away are useless, right? Right? WRONG! You can roast them(the seeds anyway) and make a yummy snack and it tastes pretty good and they’re actually good for you.

                                   ~~~ROASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS~~~ 

  1. Rinse pumpkin seeds and separate them from pulp and strings(easier to do before pulp dries)
  2. Place seeds, a single layer, on an oiled baking sheet, stirring to coat.
  3. Sprinkle with salt and pop into the oven at 325 degrees F. until toasted, about 25 minutes, checking and stirring after 10 minutes
  4. Add whatever spices you want or leave them plain and salty(my preference)
  5. Let cool and store in an air-tight container 

 

 Pretty simple, right? Right? Right. Then try it. It’s okay, I promise if you don’t like them you could always go back to throwing them away along with that nasty pulp. By the way the pulp is useful for something too……turtle food! Turtles and tortoises LOVE veggies of all sorts and their nasty innards most of us don’t eat. But before you go feeding them to the neighbor’s turtle check around and see if it’s poisonous to the turtles. Cause I like turtles and I know that apple seeds are deadly to turtles but turtles love apples.

So try something new and bake some pumpkin seeds and be nice to the turtles! -eshy

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