How to preserve pumpkin seeds

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question “How to preserve pumpkin seeds?” with an in-depth analysis of methods for saving the pumpkin seeds. Moreover, we are going to discuss the nutritional value, health benefits and shelf life of the pumpkin seeds.

How to preserve pumpkin seeds?

You can preserve the pumpkin seeds by drying them.

This process removes the water content of the seeds and the seeds become an unfavourable environment for the bacteria to grow.

It protects your pumpkin seeds from spoilage and preserves them.

How can you save the pumpkin seeds?

To save the pumpkin seeds, follow the instructions given below;

  • Cut the top of your pumpkin and with the help of a large spoon, remove all the pulp out of it.
  • With the help of your hands, separate all the seeds from the pulp.
  • Wash it then thoroughly to remove all the pulp from the seeds.
  • Try to save the larger seeds as they can better germinate than the smaller seeds.
  • Take a wax paper and spread the seeds over it to let them dry for a night.
  • After drying the pumpkin seeds, take a baking sheet and line it with a paper towel.
  • Pour all the pumpkin seeds on it into a single layer.
  • Then put this day for a month at a cool and dry place to let the seeds dry fully.
  • After a month, check the seeds and if you see any moulds on some seeds throw them.
  • Save the rest of the healthy seeds in an envelope.
  • In this way, they will last for a year.

What are the uses of pumpkin seeds?

Pumpkin seeds are used as a snack and can also be added to the various recipes and meals to enjoy.

Some of the uses of the pumpkin seeds are given below;

  • You can use pumpkin seeds In the smoothies.
  • You can also mix the pumpkin seeds in the granola, yoghurt or cereals.
  • Pumpkin seeds are also used as an ingredient in the salad and add an extra crunch to it.
  • You can garnish your chicken dishes using the pumpkin seeds.
  • They are also used in the dip by blending other ingredients such as hummus, pesto, or guacamole.
  • Pumpkin seeds are also used in cookies and bread.
  • You can also toast or roast the pumpkin seeds in any spice.

What is the nutritional value of pumpkin seeds?

The nutritional value for a quarter cup of the dried pumpkin seeds is given below;

  • Calories: 180
  • Protein: 10 grams
  • Fat: 16 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 3 grams
  • Fibre: 2 grams
  • Sugar: 0 grams

What are the health benefits of pumpkin seeds?

Pumpkin seeds are rich in various nutrients and vitamins.

But they also have high amounts of calories, that’s why you should take them in a balanced amount.

It will prevent you from gaining weight.

Some of the health benefits of the pumpkin seeds are given below;

  • Due to the presence of the antioxidants in the pumpkin seeds,  they have anti-inflammatory properties.
  • These anti-inflammatory properties are good for maintaining a good function of the liver, bladder and joints etc.
  • Pumpkin seeds have higher amounts of Magnesium which helps in lowering the blood sugar level and also the risk of diabetes.
  • Pumpkin seeds also have a role in stopping the growth of breast and prostate cancer.
  • The higher level of Magnesium in these seeds also lowers the blood pressure and maintains it.
  • In this way, these are beneficial for your heart too.
  • Also if you take pumpkin seeds as a snack before sleep, they will give you a good sleep at night.

Can your pumpkin seeds go bad?

Yes! Pumpkin seeds can go bad.

If you have bought the pumpkin seeds from the market, they come with a “best by” date.

You can use it for a week after the “best by” date but they lose their freshness.

However,  the unopened container of the pumpkin seeds stays fresh for up to 3 months past the “best by” date.

How long do pumpkin seeds last?

The shelf life of the pumpkin seeds depends on their storage.

Generally;

  • If you have pumpkin seeds you should try to use them within 2_3 days if they have been kept in the pantry.
  • If you have kept the pumpkin seeds in the fridge,  you can use them for up to 6 months.
  • However,  if they have been frozen,  they can last for a year.

Here are the signs of the bad pumpkin seeds that you should notice before using them.

And if the seeds have gone bad, you should discard them.

Other FAQs about Pumpkin that you may be interested in.

Can you eat raw pumpkin puree?

Are all pumpkins safe to eat?

Can you eat raw pumpkin seeds?

Conclusion:

In this brief guide, we answered the question “How to preserve pumpkin seeds?” with an in-depth analysis of methods for saving the pumpkin seeds.  Moreover, we discussed the nutritional value, health benefits and shelf life of the pumpkin seeds.

Citations:

https://www.webmd.com/diet/health-benefits-pumpkin-seeds#4-7

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