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Much of what tastes good has been packaged safely by nature. That's why almost every pumpkin seed is surrounded by a thick, solid shell. This must first be cracked in order to release its valuable content. With the right tips and tricks, many kernels can be shelled at the same time.

The most important thing you need to peel pumpkin seeds is patience

Clean fresh kernels first

A large pumpkin yields a lot of seeds. They are so delicious and healthy that they make an ideal snack. The small, crunchy seeds are also popular in dishes and salads. But before the shell can be cracked open and the inside scooped out, there is still some work to be done.

  • Cut the pumpkin open and take out the seeds
  • Roughly remove sticking pulp
  • Place pumpkin seeds in a sieve and wash thoroughly
  • remove the last bits of pulp

Break open the bowl with a rolling pin

Let the kernels, which are still wet from washing, dry a little first, otherwise they will be slippery and slip away under the rolling pin.

  1. Spread the pumpkin seeds out in a single layer on a sheet of baking paper.
  2. Using a rolling pin, roll over the pumpkin seeds several times while applying gentle pressure. Don't flatten the cores!
  3. Check whether all the shells have already cracked and touch them up if necessary.
  4. Bring water to a boil in a saucepan and add the pumpkin seeds.
  5. Cover the pot with a lid and let the pumpkin seeds simmer for about half an hour. The seeds will detach from the shell and sink to the bottom. The light shells, on the other hand, remain on the water surface.
  6. Scoop out all the shells with a slotted spoon.
  7. Pour the contents of the pot through a sieve to catch the seeds.
  8. First, rinse the kernels with cold water and let them drain briefly.
  9. Spread the kernels on baking paper where they can dry in peace. Kitchen paper is not suitable as the seeds can stick to it.

Don't be surprised if the liberated kernels are white in color. When cooking, not only did the hard outer shells come off, but also the green coats.

Shell the seeds with your teeth

If you only want to enjoy a few pumpkin seeds at a time or if you have already bought roasted seeds from a retailer, the cooking method is less suitable. Practiced eaters simply remove the peel with their teeth immediately before eating.

  1. Hold a pumpkin seed upright in your hand, with the pointed, narrow side facing you.
  2. Take the pointed end between your front teeth and bite gently until the shell bursts open.
  3. You can tongue out the now easily accessible core from the open shell. If this is still difficult for you, you can also help with your hand in the first phase of the exercise.

Tips and tricks with the scissors

For those who don't know or don't like the tens method, you can use the scissors to pry open the shell instead.

  • Cut a few millimeters into the shell with scissors
  • Make the cut at the thickest point
  • break open the shell completely with your fingers or nails
  • Take out the core and eat

Conclusion for fast readers:

  • Fresh seeds: Remove from the pumpkin fruit; remove large pieces of pulp
  • Clean: place seeds in a sieve; wash thoroughly under running water
  • Step 1: Spread the dried seeds out in a single layer on a piece of baking paper
  • Step 2: Roll over it several times with a rolling pin; apply gentle pressure; Shells burst open
  • Step 3: Place seeds in boiling water; cover and simmer for 30 minutes
  • Step 4: Remove any shells floating on the surface with a slotted spoon
  • Step 5: Pour the seeds through a sieve; rinse with cold water
  • Step 6: Spread the pumpkin seeds out on baking paper and let them dry
  • Teeth method: take the pumpkin seed upright between the incisors; to bite carefully;
  • Scissors: Cut a millimeter deep into the thickest part of the shell; Free core with nails

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