Tuesday, April 7, 2009

How to... Toast nuts

Several recipes posted call for toasted nuts. Toasting nuts truly help bring out its natural nutty flavors into your dish. I've come across recipes, but never really knew how to toast them... until now, and here they are! The premise is quite simple- use high heat and short cooking time to toast the outside. It is simple and easy to do. You can tell the nuts are toasted by the fragrant smell. Here are my step-by-step instructions.

1. Take out a dry skillet, and add nuts in a single layer.
2. Toast it over medium-low heat.
3. Cook and stir occasionally until golden brown and fragrant, approx. 5 minutes.

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Spread nuts on a baking sheet in a single layer.
3. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown and fragrant. Toast for 5-10 minutes, depending on the size of the nuts.

Useful tips:
- Warmed nuts are easier to chop.
- Always taste nuts prior to using. Rancid nuts will ruin whatever food they're used in.

Best nuts for toasting:
- Walnuts
- Pecans
- Hazelnuts
- Pine Nuts
- Macadamia nuts (350 degrees for 7-9 minutes in oven)
- Almonds


Joelen said...

Great tips!

Sara said...

Thanks- I never used to toast them, but simple dishes where it calls for minimal ingredients, the toasted flavor really stands out.

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