I am wondering how to husk sunflower and pumpkin seeds to store for eating. It's one thing to do it by hand for a snack in the garden but on any sort of scale for the home there must be an easier way. I plant plenty of both each year and the chooks do ok but it's the families turn. What do others do?
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08-11-2006, 10:05 AM
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I have only ever tried to hull sunflower seeds.
First I roasted them in the oven at about 100c for about 3/4 hour. [My oven is not very good so it could have been anything from 85c -120c].
I then put a thin layer on the bench and put a wooden breadboard on top and using a rolling pin I rolled them. Initial attempts at rolling direct or under paper faild. Any that were small and not split I seperated out and rolled later. One batch were not toasted/dry enough and tended to squash - back into the oven for them.
The seeds were then put in a bucket and stirred with a wooden stick to knock the hulls off as many as I could.
I seperated the hulls and seeds on a fly screen angled at about 45Degrees in front of a fan. I sorta helped out by pushing the seeds around. Any empty hulls were blown to the top and clean seed finished up at the bottom. A paint brush is really handy during this process.
The final product was good with about 10% broken seed. I finished up with 2 large tomato paste jars full and a couple of buckets of hulls, unbroken seeds & a mess on the lawn. This was all produced from about 12 or so mid-sized heads.
Mostly I grew sunflowers as an interest plant for the kids, rabbits and chooks..
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