We get Letters v.11 – Seeding Pumpkins

Okay, so it’s a comment more than an e-mail. But I thought it was best to answer this question for all to see, rather than bury it in the comments of the Roasted Pumpkin Seeds post.

Kim asked the following:

I always want to roast my pumpkin seeds but get daunted at the cleaning part. Do you have a trick for getting all the slime off them? Or am I being unforgivably lazy?

Indeed I do have a trick, Kim. On the convenience scale, it’s only a 4 out of 10, but it still is a marginal improvement over picking the seeds out directly out of the pumpkin.

Place a mesh strainer in your kitchen sink.

After cutting your pumpkin in half, use an ice cream scoop (preferably one like this, as opposed to one that has a thumb lever), to scoop out the pulp and seeds. Place the mess in the strainer that you’ve set aside in the sink.

When you have removed all of the seeds from the pumpkin, run warm to hot water (but not so hot that it’s uncomfortable running your hands in it) over the seeds. Dig through the melange of seeds and remove, by hand, the pulp. It should seperate rather easily.

What you do with the pulp, I’ll leave to you.

Hope this helps!

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