I've always enjoyed eating the pumpkin seeds when I buy them at vendor, but whenever I try to make them at home in the oven, they always seem to turn out either still soggy, or deflated and not crunchy. What am I missing in the technique - I've just simply washed them off, laid on aluminum foil and placed in the oven at 350.
I soak mine in salt water for about an hour or two (i've left them overnight at times and they're fine, but more salty) Then I lay spread them on a parchment lined cookie sheet, making sure they are single layer (not bunched up) and bake for about 30-40 minutes on 300 checking at 10 minute intervals and turning or moving them around. Before baking, I also sprinkle with salt, salt and pepper, chili powder or onion, garlic or season salt. Anything you like will work. You could even add lime to the salt water and then sprinkly with chili powder just before baking. I've been making them every Halloween for 30 years and have never run into a problem with them not being crunchy. But as others have said, sometimes, depending on your oven, you just have to leave them in and turn them until they're done.