pumpkin seeds in a glass bowl

Pumpkins are great for pies and curries—and of jack-o'-lanterns, of course—but don't forget that the seeds are super nutritious, too. Here's how to store pumpkin seeds all season long.

Harvest the Seeds

Once you've carved out the pumpkin, use a strainer to rinse the pumpkin seeds and remove any residual pumpkin fibers.

Roast the Seeds

If you want to keep the seeds from spoiling quickly, make sure any excess moisture is toasted out of them. You can use spices like salt, nutmeg, cayenne pepper and chili powder to add flavor.

Let Them Cool

Cool the pumpkin seeds before storing to avoid trapping moisture in the container. Pumpkin seeds go rancid more quickly if exposed to moisture.

Store the Seeds

Store in an airtight container. A hard or disposable storage container is ideal because it creates an airtight seal to keep the seeds fresh. If you live in an arid climate, you can store the seeds in a plastic ziplock bag.

Refrigerate or Freeze

Pumpkin seeds can turn rancid even after you roast them if left at room temperature. They stay fresh for up to two months if refrigerated.