My oldest daughter decided to carve her pumpkin on Sunday so I decided to save the seeds to toast. I've toasted the seeds of pumpkins on several occasions and thought that they would make an awesome treat for my little rat, Nibblet. Other small mammals can enjoy them too - hamsters, gerbils, mice, etc. Even birds can eat toasted pumpkin seeds! So don't throw out those pumpkin seeds! Here's how you toast them...
Carve your pumpkin and seperate all the seeds from the pulp.
Rinse the seeds in water, removing any excess pulp.
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. While the oven preheats, lightly grease a pan with pure vegetable oil. Do not use non-stick pan. These types of pans are not good for birds. Place your pumpkin seeds on the baking sheet and bake them for 30 - 45 minutes. You may want to turn them over every 5 - 10 minutes so that they don't burn.
Share your toasty seeds with your rat, hamster, gerbil, or bird. This is the fun part! Do not add any seasoning or salt to the seeds.
If you want to have some seeds for yourself, you can season them with a little salt or whatever else you prefer. Mmmm tasty!