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Need tips for separating pumpkin seeds from the stringy guts

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rainey Oct 20, 2011 06:07 PM

I love roasted pumpkin seeds and we're having Dorie Greenspan's Pumpkin Stuffed with Everything Good tonight for dinner. I could be munching yummy pumpkin seeds over The Daily Show if it didn't take me 3 days to clean them.

Anyone got any tips for quick and, one could hope, not stomach-turning cleaning them?

Thanks in advance.

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    calliope_nh RE: rainey Oct 20, 2011 06:32 PM

    Three year old kids are in hog heaven doing this. Have any of them around?

    1. bushwickgirl RE: rainey Oct 20, 2011 06:55 PM

      I assume you mean separating them from the pumpkin guts

      Well, my mom left them, guts and all, in a tin foil pie plate or a plate or cake pan or I guess the first thing she grabbed from the cupboard, out on the counter for a day or two, until the gutsy stuff was well dried, and then it was much easier to separate the seeds; then it was our job. It's not that quick a process, but certainly not stomach turning. Besides, it's just slimy pumpkin guts, not some other kind of really gross guts that I won't mention. Yuk.

      As I got older, I did the same, it worked just fine. Left the pan out on the table overnight, removed the seeds the next morning or whenever, like in a few days. I bet a MW would speed up the process, try that for drying out the guts. However, be cautious with the timing, exploding pumpkin seeds are messy and potentially deadly. You just want to give the guts a head start on the drying process.

      If you mean shelling them, that's another story, for another time.

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        Allice98 RE: rainey Oct 21, 2011 04:50 AM

        I just take the guts and put them in a big bowl and fill with water. I use my hands and rub everything in between them to try and separate the seeds out some. I start taking the biggests pumpkin pieces out as I can.

        i strain and go through several bowls of water, but, the seeds float so as time goes you will eventually be able to scoop more seeds than pulp from the top of the water in the bowl with the flesh sinks towards the bottom.

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          BangorDin RE: rainey Oct 21, 2011 04:54 AM

          This lady
          http://www.ehow.com/video_2335656_ove...
          uses water too. It looks to go pretty quickly.

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            rainey RE: rainey Oct 21, 2011 10:39 AM

            Thanks. I've done the water thing before.

            Don't know why but "gooey" things just make me beyond skeevy. And there's no 3yo for at least the next 2 years. ;>

            1. Emme RE: rainey Oct 21, 2011 11:29 AM

              +1 on the water thing.

              submerge em in water, then put on gloves, so you don't feel the sliminess!

              1. cowboyardee RE: rainey Oct 21, 2011 12:30 PM

                I once had to do this for a competition where I didn't have the luxury of a lot of time. So basically, I roughly separated the seeds from the bulk of the pulp. Then I heated up a cup of canola oil in a very small pan until it was pretty hot (350-375). Briefly (couple minutes) deep fried the seeds in a couple batches. Helped dry out the pulp and it was easier to remove afterward. Seemed to work alright. Toasted em as normal afterward.

                Given time though, I would probably just go with Bushwickgirl's method of leaving up spread in a pan to sit out overnight and dry up a bit. Or, of course, Calliope's suggestion to get someone else to do it for you.

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                  HillJ RE: rainey Oct 21, 2011 06:15 PM

                  Since we go thru a good deal of pumpkin and other seeded fall veggies, we use a small wide tooth comb. It fits in the palm of my hand and as I scrape the seeds separate from the fibers. Does a marvelous and quick job. Another method is to scoop out the middle seed pod in one mass and comb thru it separating out the fibers from the seeds. But the water and drying method also work!

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