6 cups of sunflower seeds
1 Cup of Salt
We grow our own sunflower every year. For us, obtaining sunflower seeds is a simple as walking out into our yard. Others may need to look for local farmers or farmers markets which provide sunflower heads.
Obtaining sunflower’s is the hardest part of this step. Once you have them all you need to do is bend, twist and rub your fingers over the seeds to knock them loose.
Rinse your seeds in the sink. You never know what kinds of icky bugs or other things might be in there.
Step 3: Place sunflower seeds in a large pot. Cover the seeds with a generous amount of water.
Step 4: Add salt. Turn your stove on high and bring seeds to a rolling boil.
Step 5: Turn heat down and allow the seeds to simmer for about 20 minuets. Turn oven on to 400.
Step 6: Strain the seeds and then place them on a flat baking sheet. I used two sheets for my six cups of seeds. I made sure the layer of seeds was 1 flat and thin.
Step 7: Place seeds in the oven. They should be done within 15 to 20 min. Check the seeds after 15 min, just to be sure they do not over cook. If they are done the outer shell and inner seed will easily beak in your mouth and be easy to swallow. The outer shell should not be stringy, as they often are in store bought seeds.
Step 8: Place in an air tight container and, in my case, hide them from you kids and husband. If you don’t, they will eat them all before you get any.