The great flower snack

I’m love sunflowers. They bring in the summer weather and the greatness of a good harvest.

I also love the seeds they bring. I pick up a big bag of sunflower seeds about every 3 or 4 days. Its my snack during work. Or after. Or when I venture out to a baseball game.

I grew some giant sunflowers last year and some more this year, but never really had the urge of harvesting the seed.

I took this head off the stalk around the end of June and threw it in a pot. There it sat on the back porch until this past weekend. I had planned on just saving a handful of seeds to plant next year.

It was time I finally took to harvesting, cooking and roasting seeds for the first time. I must say, it was easier than expected.

Almost finished removing the seeds.

After about an hour or so, I finally got the seeds of the head and it was time to removed the unwanted debris.

Debris removed and ready for the kitchen.

Okay, so I found several different recipes online but found only one that I like and modified it to a degree. (as you can see, measuring cups are not made for lefty’s)

1 cup seeds
1 quart water
1/2 cup salt (I used sea salt)

Bring to boil and simmer for 90 minutes.

I amazingly measured up 2 cups and change and was able to just double the recipe.

Hurry up and boil already.

After the 90 minutes is up I drained the liquid through a colander. DO NOT RINSE THE SEED.

Place on a cookie sheet and pat excess liquid from the seeds.

Place in oven at 275* for 45 minutes, stirring the seeds occasionally. After the time is up, remove and cool.

Enjoy.

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After letting my seeds cool and doing a taste test I noticed that there was still a smidge of moisture left in the seeds. If you plan on keeping these for longer than a week I was up the time in the oven to 1-1.5 hours, for fear of molding.
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Comments 3

  1. misti wrote:

    Molding—I was going to ask about molding when you left it outside for a few weeks. Mine always seemed to mold.

    Great idea! Maybe next year I will give this a whirl. You should sprinkle some ranch flavoring on them.

    Posted 22 Aug 2012 at 10:24 am
  2. Curtis wrote:

    I left it on the stalk longer to dry then cut it off. No molding issues then or while sitting on back porch.

    Posted 22 Aug 2012 at 10:29 am
  3. Moosie wrote:

    Ok now I really want to grow some! Looks like fun! Makes me ready to carve a pumpkin r two and roast those seeds too! Ok I am getting urge for fall after reading your sisters post on her blog and now this.

    Posted 23 Aug 2012 at 2:00 pm

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