By Gloria Pitzer, as seen in… Cook is a 4-Letter Word! (Secret RecipesTM, St. Clair, MI; November 1984, p. 46).


1 cup table salt + ¼ cup extra

8 cups water

2 cups cleaned, pumpkin seeds

2 egg whites


Dissolve 1 cup salt in 4 cups water, over medium heat, in a 2-qt saucepan. Bring it to a boil to be sure the salt is completely dissolved. Pour it then into a large kettle that will accommodate it nicely, plus additional 4 cups water. Add the cleaned seeds. Let these stand overnight, or at least for 12-15 hours.

Then beat egg whites until foamy, but not yet stiff. Coat the seeds in the egg whites and arrange on a brown paper lined cookie sheet, in a single layer, and dust liberally in additional table salt.

Bake at 275°F for about 45 minutes to an hour, or until the surface of the seeds appear dry. For a heavier coating, dip seeds in more beaten egg whites and dust again in salt. Return to oven until dry enough to please you.


See also…

Mondays & Memories of My Mom – Michigan Apples

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Hi! I'm Laura Emerich and Gloria Pitzer, the ORIGINAL Secret Recipe Detective, is my mom. This website is lovingly dedicated to her memory and legacy.

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