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This is for Fay NC, who in the 9/27/11 newsletter wanted to
know how to remove hulls from
the pumpkin seeds that she had purchased.
Here are 2 methods that I have used, when I have roasted my
own pumpkin seeds from fresh pumpkins. Both methods are time
consuming, but worth the effort. I hope this helps you.
Removing Hulls From Pumpkins Seeds
Pinch the narrow end of each seed between your thumb and
forefinger. Squeeze until the seed slips out of the hull.
Slit the hull along the wide end of the seed with your
fingernail or a paring knife if the seed doesn't slip out
easily. Take care not to cut into the seed
within the hull.
Spread the seeds out in a single layer on top of a sheet of
wax paper. Lay a second sheet of wax paper on top. Beat the
hulls lightly with a wood mallet or a meat tenderizer. Hit
the hulls hard enough to crack them but not so hard you
crush the seeds. Fill a bowl with water. Place the seeds in
the water and stir with a spoon. The cracked hulls float to
the top while the seeds sink. Skim the hulls from the top of
the water with a slotted spoon. Pour the seeds into a
colander to drain off the water. Pick out any remaining