Baking Sunflower seeds is easy to do.
Sunflowers can grown almost anywhere as long as there is soil and abundant sunshine. The brown center of the sunflower produces seeds. Once the sunflower dries up and the petals fall off, that’s when you know it’s time to harvest. There are a number of uses for sunflower seeds such as bird feed and baking them for a snack. Following these easy steps to learn bake sunflower seeds. Add this to my Recipe Box.
1. Harvest sunflower seeds once the head of the flower has turned brown and the petals have fallen off. Cut the head of the sunflower 1 inch down on the stem below the head.
2. Rake your fingers across the sunflower head to get the seeds out and collect them in a small bowl. Rinse seeds with cool water to rid them of dirt.
3. Add 2 quarts of water and 1/2 cup of salt into a small pot. Add 1 cup of sunflower seeds and bring to a boil.
4. Once the seeds begin to boil, turn heat down to a simmer and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.
5. Remove sunflower seeds from simmering pot and let them dry on a paper towel. Preheat the oven to 325 F.
6. Spread seeds out on the sheet pan and place it in the oven. Be sure to stir seeds around every five minutes so that seeds don’t burn.
7. Seeds are done when they turn a slight brown. Allow them to cool and enjoy.