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Jun 22, 2014 06:33 AM

pumpkin seed pesto

Hello everyone! i did a search and can't find the answer to this question. I am trying out different sort of nuts and seeds for pesto, and I have half a bag of whole roasted pumpkin seeds in the cupboard. Do you think I could use these for pesto? Would a Ninja blender grind them up fine enough? I have a mortar and pestle, too. All the recipes I looked at called for pepitas, the unshelled sort. I don't want to use up a bunch of ingredients attempting this if it will turn out a gritty, sharp mess. Maybe if I soaked them first? Thoughts?

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  1. I don't really understand this question. Can you use pumpkin seeds in pesto? Of course. I don't know what your criteria is for "fine enough," nor do I know about the grinding capacities of the Ninja.
    "Pepita" does not mean "unshelled." Obviously making pesto with pumpkin seeds by any name with the shell still on would indeed result in a gritty, sharp mess. Do your pumpkin seeds still have the shell on? Is that what you mean by "whole"? In that case, I think they're best used for snacking. Soaking roasted seeds/nuts (with or without shell) would probably lead to an icky texture and definitely lead to much faster rancidity.

    1. Yes, whole means with the shell still on. This recipe here doesn't really indicate whether that matters, but many others called for unshelled specifically, referring to them as pepitas, hence my confusion about the name.

      Thanks--it does sound like it won't work with what I have.

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      1. re: bettyfable

        No, what you have won't work- you would have to remove the seeds from the shell to use for pesto.

      2. If you want to try hulling them, the easiest way I know is to run a rolling pin over them to crack and loosen the hulls. (Some of the seeds will break.) Then put them in a deep bowl of cold water and rub them a bit with your hands to get the hulls off. The hulls will float and the kernels will sink.