Late October 2023 | Practical Self Reliance
Roasting Pumpkin Seeds and Preserving Winter Squash
This past week has been pumpkin seed boot camp, where we cleaned and roasted more than two gallons of pumpkin seeds so that I could develop recipes for y’all.
The local elementary school saved all the guts from their carving pumpkins for me to pick up, and I skipped to my car like a deranged pumpkin-seed Santa with sacks thrown over my shoulder.
If you haven’t tried roasted pumpkin seeds, you’re missing out. They’re an old-fashioned snack that’s incredibly nutritious, and so many of us have fond memories of roasting pumpkin seeds each year with our parents and grandparents.
All said and done, I developed more than a dozen pumpkin seed recipes for y’all, and I truly hope you enjoy them.
I’ve also included tips and tricks for cleaning pumpkin seeds, and believe it or not, with the right technique, I separated 2 gallons of seeds from the rest of the pumpkin guts in under an hour.
I used to sell these babies at markets, and so I’ve learned a trick or two to get ‘er done.
All these jars will be making their way back to the school for the kids to enjoy, but now I have the recipes to share with you as well!
Things You Might Need This Week
Beyond pumpkin seeds, it is the time of year for all things pumpkin and winter squash!
Canning Thai Coconut Squash Soup (Ball Tested Recipe)
Pumpkins aren’t the only thing available by the wagon load this time of year…
How to Dehydrate Apples or Pears (DIY Fruit Chips)
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Things I’m Loving
Harvest Right Freeze Dryers run their biggest sale of the year for the whole month of November, and if you’ve had your eye on one, soon you’ll see the best prices of the year. Check this link on Nov. 1st to see what they’ve cooked up this year.
Tincture Making 101 Mini-Course ~ I’m excited about this new mini-course coming from the Herbal Academy, and tinctures are one of the main ways we preserve herbal remedies for year-round use. When I sent out a newsletter with all my favorite tincture recipes earlier this year, it got so much incredible feedback that I know y’all are into tinctures just as much as I am.
The course goes live TODAY on Oct. 31st.
What are you harvesting, preserving, building, or exploring on your homestead this week? I’d love to hear about it!
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Until Next Time,
Ashley at Practical Self Reliance