Save Your Pumpkin Seeds: A Simple Roasting How-To

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Photo by: Tara Donne ©2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Tara Donne, 2012, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

With Halloween just one week away, you're likely getting set to carve tricked-out jack-o'-lanterns in preparations for next Friday's fright night. As you roll up your sleeves and scoop out the mushy innards of your pumpkin, keep an eye out for the seeds; these flat, tear-shaped bites are indeed edible, and when they're roasted with seasoning, they turn into crunchy, savory bites ideal for seasonal snacking. Learn the basics of How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds below, then check out Food Network's complete guide to master the easy technique.

After harvesting the seeds from the pumpkin, clean them of the pulp by separating them from the flesh and rinsing them off.

Be sure to dry roast the seeds so they lose their moisture, then toss them with oil and seasoning before sending them back to bake again. After just a few more minutes in the oven, they'll have turned deliciously crispy and golden brown.

Get the details on How to Roast Pumpkin Seeds, and check out Food Network's Halloween headquarters to find party-ready recipes for your fright night bash.

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