Two Great Ways to Make Pumpkin Carving Easier!
+ Recipe for Roasting Pumpkin Seeds!
You may have seen the viral videos on social media where you use a hand mixer to help clean out your pumpkin for carving, but let’s take it a step further and use that hand mixer to separate the seeds from the pumpkin goop! That is usually such a tedious process!
I’m using my KitchenAid 7-Speed Cordless Hand Mixer with the Turbo Beaters in the photos.
(The photos in the post are screenshots of a video, if you click them they won’t “play” a video – When I have some more time, I’ll post the video and some better photos. TY!)
Pumpkin Hack 1: Use Hand Mixer to Clean out Your Pumpkin Seeds:
- Cut your pumpkin from the bottom –
- You’re able to make a larger hole to access the inside of the pumpkin. Then you’ll just place your pumpkin right over your candle or pumpkin light.
- Use your Hand Mixer to loosen all the goop and seeds in your pumpkin –
- The size of the pumpkin will somewhat determine how far you can reach inside the pumpkin.
- Scoop out the Pumpkin seeds and goop
Pumpkin Hack 2: Use Hand Mixer to Separate Pumpkin Seeds From Goop
- Place Pumpkin Goop & Seeds in a Deep Bowl
- I usually have about 3 cups of goop & seeds
- Add about double the amount of water –
- I generally use about 5-6 cups water.
- Agitate the seeds and goop with your hand mixer – (take care to only submerge lower part of beaters in water and not your mixer)
- This will loosen the seeds and allow them to float to the top.
- Scoop the seeds out with a slotted spoon.
- Proceed with Drying & Roasting the seeds – Recipe Below
How to Roast Your Pumpkin Seeds:
- pumpkin seeds
- When your seeds are all clean, it’s time to roast them up!
IF YOUR SEEDS ARE STILL WET, YOU NEED TO DRY THEM:
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees F.
- Spread your seeds on a baking sheet (I line mine with parchment for easy clean up.)
- Bake until the seeds are throughly dry, you may need to get in there a few times and stir them a bit.
- The amount of time will depend how wet your seeds are.
WHEN YOU’RE READY TO ROAST THEM:
- Increase oven temperature to 325 degrees F.
- Drizzle your dry seeds with a tablespoon or so of neutral oil (avocado, safflower, canola) stir to coat evenly with the oil and sprinkle with salt.
- Pop them in the oven and roast until they are evenly toasted and brown – about 20-25 minutes.