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Pumpkin seeds: tricks for hulling?

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Naturally, now we have the remains of 6 large pumpkins. And all the seeds, which I would like to roast and use rather than throw away.
Does anyone have any tricks to quicken the hulling process?

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  1. Michelly, if you mean hull in the sense of the shell (which I bet you do?)...we just eat 'em, shell and all.

    1. If you mean separating the seeds from the slimy guts, I asked that question a few years ago. Responders had no tricks for making that chore faster or easier.

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      1. re: greygarious

        Maybe a kitchen table covered liberally in trash bags and a team of willing five year olds who like to play with pumpkin guts?

        :-)

        My dad used to delegate the job to me while he carved.

        1. re: greygarious

          I love pumpkin seeds. I put them, along with the slimy guts, into a large pot of water, squishing things around until seeds are mostly separated from the slime. When I've done the best I can, I drain and put the seeds onto a baking tray that has an edge, then put into a low oven to dry out a bit. After a while, it is dry enough that you can pick out the formerly slimy bits. At that point, do whatever seasoning you were planning and roast.

        2. Thanks, all!

          I was thinking of the packages of pumpkin seeds that one sees in stores. These are obviously the kernels, which are green.

          But I like your process, tcamp!