Toasting pumpkin seeds is very easy and i try to always use up the seeds inside any winter squash for this healthy and delicious snack. This particular squash had really nice, plump seeds that jumped about in the pan like Mexican Jumping Seeds when they were done. (400 degrees for about ten minutes, set your timer in 3-5 minute increments and stir to prevent burning).
World's healthiest foods has a really great in depth article on pumpkin seeds. Check it out. As a quick overview, pumpkin seeds:
- May promote prostate health
- May protect men's bones
- Have tons of magnesium and zinc and other important minerals, plus a ton of protein
- Lowers cholesterol
Preparation tip: The most irritating thing about preparing squash seeds is separating them from the membranes. How i do it: I place the pile of seeds with membrane in my pasta strainer. Rinsing with water i get most of the goo off, then manually pinch little handfulls of seeds off the membrane, tossing it into the compost pail. A little membrane won't hurt your seeds and will actually add to the flavor. Dry the seeds for a day or so on a non fuzzy kitchen towel. Voila, ready to toss with your favorite seasonings!