Save Those Jack-O-Lantern Seeds

I was searching for ideas for the next post and ran across this great idea from Martha Stewart. So good ol’ Martha has THE best recipes, decorating ideas, okay, she’s like all around perfect right?

As well all know the Jack-o-lantern is this main focal point for the Halloween season, and with that is the great pumpkin. All of this leads us to multiple baking ideas from the end of Halloween all through Christmas. So, what are these great ideas for the seed usage?

Per Martha “These seeds can actually be repurposed into a myriad of seasonal recipes, preserved for future planting, and more.”


If you don’t want to use your pumpkin seeds at all after carving your jack-o’-lantern, don’t throw them in the trash—they could be a great addition to a compost pile. To start the pile from scratch, combine green material—such as lawn cuttings and food scraps (think: the pumpkin seeds) and twice as much brown material—dry leaves, newspaper, and hay. The green matter provides the nitrogen and the brown offers carbon.

You Can Turn Your Pumpkin Seeds Into Butter!

Oh So Cool right?? There’s nothing quite like a piece of warm bread smeared with fresh pumpkin seed butter (and a piping hot cup of cider to wash it all down) during Autumn. It’s so easy to make the seed butter at home by saving seeds from your carved pumpkin. Start by washing the seeds thoroughly; then, grind them in a food processor until they are smooth. Add oil and salt for taste (try honey and cinnamon for even more flavor). East Peasy right?

You Can Roast the Pumpkin Seeds

I personally love roasted pumpkin seeds with a bit of salt.. So perfect! Of course, the best way is to make them fresh after saving the leftovers from your carved pumpkin.

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. On a baking sheet, drizzle the pumpkin seeds in olive oil (complete with excess pulp from the pumpkin) and toss them with a handful of spices to bring out their nutty, earthy flavor.
  3. Roast the pumpkin seeds in the oven for up to 45 minutes

Here are a few other ideas for the left over seed use:

  1. Toss the seeds in a salad
  2. Add them to a soup


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