Nuts are naturally high in fat.Toasting nuts is an easy way to makes them crunchier & enhance their flavor.
Spread whole nuts on a baking sheet and toast in a 350 F oven, stirring often, or toast in a large skillet over medium.Use the cooking times below as a guide, but know that nuts quickly go from toasty to burned. Keep a close watch: When you can smell them they are done.
To Toast In Skillet:- To toast just a handful of nuts, use a dry skillet over medium heat. The skillet method is faster since you won't have to wait for the oven to heat up, but it also demands more attentiveness. You'll need to shake and stir pretty constantly to avoid dark or burnt spots. A toaster oven is also convenient for small amounts.
To toast in the oven:- spread nuts on a baking sheet. Bake at 350°, stirring occasionally (Use the above chart for timings)
To toast in the microwave oven:- Place nuts in a microwave-safe dish. Microwave, uncovered, on high for 2-3 minutes or until lightly toasted, stirring twice. Watch carefully to avoid burning the nuts. You may need to adjust the time, depending on your microwave's wattage and the amount of nuts you are toasting.
1) Warmed nuts are easier to chop.
2) Always taste nuts before using; bad nuts will ruin whatever food they're used in.
3) Toasting thin-skinned nuts like hazelnuts or peanuts, makes removing their skins easier. To remove skin from nuts after toasting: Place them in a kitchen towel and rub . Most of the skins will fall right off.
4)To keep nuts fresh longer, store them in the freezer in airtight baggies or containers.
5)Nuts can be toasted a day in advance. Allow them to cool, and then store in an airtight container at room temperature.
6)Sprinkle toasted nuts on yogurt, salad,pasta, brownies or almost anything! Or chop them up and mash together with crushed graham crackers and butter for a scrumptious but easy pie crust.
7) You can toast coconut the same way( oven method), but watch it closely so it doesn't burn.
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