The first festival was held in 1991 and only 600 lonely jack-o'lanterns, stared out into the crowd. However, Keene would not be swayed, the following year in 1992 Keene made the Guinness Book of World Records for 1,628 pumpkins lit at one time. The years we made the Record were: 1993, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000 and 2003 that is an impressive 8 World Records. Sadly, we were outdone by Boston in 2006 with Boston lighting 30,128 jack-o'lanterns.
Extract seeds from pumpkin
Separate the pulp from seeds and wash the seeds thoroughly in warm water
Put seeds in a bowl and add 1/4 cup salt and 6 cups water, let soak overnight
In the morning, drain the seeds and lay out to dry on paper towels
In a bowl combine, 1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 tsp Tabasco brand Chipotle sauce
1 tsp cayenne pepper
1 tsp red pepper flakes
1 tsp Chipotle powder
1/4 tsp or less Tabasco brand Habanero sauce
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 tablespoon dark chili powder
salt to taste
Place pumpkin seeds in a bowl, combine the melted butter and Tabasco sauces, and drizzle over the seeds and mix well. Combine all spices and sprinkle over seeds and again mix well, tossing to coat seeds evenly. Bake at 300F for 35 to 45 minutes until golden brown and crispy, halfway through you want to stir the seeds through the baking process, for even toasting.
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