Carving a pumpkin is lots of fun and a great way to get the kids to exercise some creativity away from the TV. But, what do you do with the "guts" afterward? It seems like such a waste to throw them out.
That's why we've come up with some delicious and nutritious ways to use up all those pumpkin seeds so that they don't just end up in the compost. But first, you'll need to clean them up.
Carly Taylor, author of createliveblog, has a great way to separate the seeds from the pulp. She writes:
"Use an ice cream scooper (or large spoon) to scoop out seeds and string, etc., and place in a strainer.
Put the mess of seeds and 'pumpkin guts' into a bowl of water. Using your hands, try to separate the seeds from the other disposable material. Generally, you can pinch the seeds right where they are attached to the orange pulp of the pumpkin and the seeds will fall off. Once you've done this, the seeds should float, which makes them easier to separate. Lay out the seeds on parchment paper to dry for 1 day."
Generally, the seeds are eaten as is. Some recipes, however, may call for "shelled" or "hulled" pumpkin seeds, in which case you'll want to try the following method:
Will Budiaman is the Recipe Editor at The Daily Meal. Follow him on Twitter @WillBudiaman.