What To Do With Leftover Pumpkin Seeds This Halloween

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Come end of October and it's likely you've made your way through a number of pumpkins in an attempt to carve the perfect design for Halloween. And we don't blame you, it's the ultimate way to celebrate autumn. But it goes without saying, you've probably been left with mountains of seemingly useless pumpkin seeds, right?

Well believe it or not, but they have many uses.

From roasting them to planting them, there's various ways you can avoid food wastage and benefit from those little seeds of goodness. And luckily for you, we've listed our top five favourite ways...

Roast 'em

How to roast pumpkin seeds?

First and probably the most obvious option, is to roast them. You can prepare them simply, roasted with salt and melted butter or you could jazz things up with taco seasoning or cinnamon sugar for an added pop of flavour.

Either way, you'll get that satisfying crunch in every bite. Need a recipe? We've got a smashing one.

Give them a new lease of life

Replanting seeds is never a bad idea. All it takes is a light rinsing, popping them in a dry spot for around a week and planting them in April ready for October. It's a good idea to to sow your pumpkin seeds indoors and plant them outdoors once the risk of frost has passed.

When to plant pumpkin seeds?

For the best results, you should think about planting your seeds around April, to give them enough time to grow ready for October.

Use them as a garnish

Whether you fancy throwing them on top of your salad, garnishing your soup with them or sprinkling them onto some freshly baked cookies, they'll give your dish the perfect amount of crunchiness.

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Photo credit: Enrique Díaz / 7cero - Getty Images

Make a DIY face mask

Besides using them in food, you could also make your very own DIY face mask. Yep! It's as simple as taking your seeds and blending them with a nutritional base like honey or yoghurt. After that, you just slather it on your face and let the magic happen.

Make some nut milk

You heard me! Rinse and soak your seeds overnight, and then blend them up with some water (the base for your homemade nut milk), a sweetener (we'd recommend honey) and a small pinch of salt and some vanilla extract, if you're feeling fancy. It's as easy as that!

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