If you’re new around here you probably don’t know yet about my addiction to pumpkins. Well, let’s face it… it’s a brand new blog and even I’m new around here, so let me elucidate this: I’m the crazy pumpkin chick! I’m orange hands due to high levels of betacarotene kind of crazy. I’m pumpkin soup is the ultimate comfort food ever kind of crazy. I can eat pumpkin every day and be so very very happy.
However, I live in a seasonal country and I can only enjoy my pumpkins during autumn and winter. That’s why I really allow myself to go crazy during this period. I have a blast. I play around mixing different kinds of pumpkins and spices and turning them into the most creamy and delicious soups that I enjoy every night. And, as a result, I find myself overloaded with pumpkin seeds.
I don’t go nuts for nuts of peanuts or whatever, and I think that drying, toasting, roasting this seeds is too much trouble for not that big of a pleasure, however, I get more and more annoyed throwing this babies away. Now, let me add to the story the day I found out that a small bag of the pumpkin seeds, of store bought, costs a small fortune. I almost fainted 🙂 Well, thinking about it, a 1Kg pumpkin makes less than 50g pf roasted seeds, so, it does make sense. The thing is that once I saw that I was almost in physical pain throwing my seeds on the garbage.
But from that to being ready to go through the trouble of walking hours for the seeds to dry in the oven… let’s just not go that far. And that’s when it hit me. It had to be an easier way to do so and something was telling me that the microwave would be my hero. AND IT WAS!
Drying pumpkin seeds on the microwave is so easy a child can do it. LITERALLY! One of the videos I found on Youtube were of a kid doing it.
Now, with no further due, after a few tests I got to a definitive version of the art of drying pumpkin seeds on the microwave and I suggest you have fun experimenting with flavours as much as I am.
Shall we go to the step by step?
Pumpkin Seeds toasted on the microwave
2 or 3 tablespoons of water
A microwave safe bowl
Salt and spices
- Wash the pumpkin seed as much as you can, but don’t worry too much. It’s ok if you have some of the pulp left. It’ll help not to over-dry the seeds.
- Spread the clean seeds on the bowl. Make sure they’re as spread as possible, so, try not to let them all over each other. If necessary, you can make two separate “batches”.
- Add two or three tablespoons of water to it (it depends on how big your bowl is) and get crazy seasoning it. I always do sea salt and then I vary the rest. Ginger, cinnamon and black pepper go great together. Powder garlic and a bit of thyme. The basic salt and pepper. Ot chilly flakes. Dried onion and oregano. Those were the combos I tried, but you must not waste the opportunity to be creative and play around with flavours you like and you have hanging around.
- Stir it all very well and bring it to the microwave in high for 2 minutes. Open, stir again, and give it another minute round. Keep doing this until your seeds are dry and crunchy to the touch.
Store them in a jar and you have a perfect snack or a crunchy touch for salads and soups.
And there’s more!! Did you know that pumpkin seeds bring great benefits to your health? They rich in antioxidants, iron, magnesium, minerals, proteins, zinc, potassium and phosphor. They help to balance your bowl, prevent kidney stones and osteoporoses. Besides all that, they stimulate the memory, your immune system, they increase your energy and give you a better mood.
Oh! And do share with me whichever spices you’re doing.