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My husband and son are carving pumpkins and I wanted to soak and toast the pumpkin seeds. I notice the recipe in NT calls for "hulled" pumpkin seeds. Does this mean I need to take off the little outer shell part of the seed?

Please tell me no, lol. That sounds like way too much work! Is there a way to use them unhulled.
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I think pepitas are hulled pumpkin seeds.
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I just rinse off the guts and roast them with olive oil and salt. Maybe some garlic powder too if I feel like it.
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Do you soak them for any length time first (the whole nutralizing enzyme inhibitors or whatever . . . . )?
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Yikes, I never have soaked them! I've never even thought to.
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"Hulled" would mean taking off that shell, but good grief that would take forever. My kids and I love pumpkin seeds with the shell on. A bit of extra fiber, but not bad.

I got a little crazy, soaking and toasting all kinds of squash seeds, and some are just not worth the trouble. Acorn squash seeds are pretty good, though.

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Hmmm . . . well I guess I'll try soaking them in tact and then roasting them. (DH thought I'd gone right off my rocker when I spent an hour removing the skins from chick peas; can't imagine what he'd think if I hulled pumpkin seeds, lol!)

Good idea about the acorn squash seeds! I have one in my fridge and would have just tossed the seeds.

Ever toasted seeds from butternut squash? Are those any good?
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Ever toasted seeds from butternut squash? Are those any good?
Yes! We just started doing this, with butternut squash seeds and also spaghetti squash seeds. We soak them a few hours in water with sea salt, then drain, spread on baking sheet, sprinkle on more salt and roast in oven. They taste very good.
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I was actually headed to google how to hull the pumpkin seeds when I saw this post. I'd much rather they were hulled then in their casing - I really like the pepitas we can get at our co-op.

I came across these directions online for how to do it enmass.

I'm going to give it a try today.
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Excellent do-able instructions! If you get a chance, let me know how it goes.
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I'm actually trying this tonight. Pumpkin seeds are the only flour I can use right now (GF and recently oxalate free) so I hope it works!

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I'm sorry to report that we didn't get a chance to try out the directions for the pumpkin seeds. We had a snack attack last night and since they were the only snack food in the house we ended up roasting them hulls and all and eating them that way. It's only a once in a while kind of thing, right?
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Mmm! Mine are drying on the counter until tomorrow! I'm going to try the mash 'em with the rolling pin method. I don't like the hulls, just the yummy green part inside. I love pepitas! And they are oh so very good for you!
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Hmmmm, just tried smashing mine with the rolling pin and they didn't crack. :-\ Perhaps not dry enough?
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Mine wouldn't crack either. I think they weren't dry enough.

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