Monday, February 25, 2013

You should roast your own nuts




Why you should roast your own nuts:
  1. taste
  2. less salt
  3. more interesting flavours 
  4. taste
  5. taste 
  6. taste
  7. less money needed for air freshnener (because they smell awesome for days)
  8. taste
  9. taste
  10. taste
I discovered roasting nuts while I was in Korea. Most nuts sold there are raw and not roasted. The ones that are roasted had so much salt, they were inedible.  It was a challenge to roast nuts there as I didn't have an oven - but you can use a frying pan on low heat and achieve the same effect - you just have to keep mixing them around so they don't burn. 

How to roast your nuts:
Buy some raw nuts. I recommend visiting nuts.com. I like to buy almonds, hazelnuts, Brazil nuts, and pecans and mix them.

Line a sheet pan (approximately 18 inches x 13 inches) with parchment paper.

Spread the nuts out in the pan - a single layer is not necessary, but don't go too crazy. It's better to roast a small amount so next time you can try with a different spice mixture.

Put them in the oven at 350F for 30-35 min.

Test every 10 min or so to see if they have achieved your desired level of crunchieness.

Remove from the oven and add flavorings.

1. Vanilla extract - 2 tablespoons
2. Olive oil/butter - about 3-6 tablespoons. The nuts will absorb most of the oil and who cares if you use too much.
3. Add spices: go to penzeys.com and order some blends - I really like the Tandoori blend to put on the nuts. I use 3-4 tablespoons.

Smell,
Eat,
Be Happy.

If there are any left after they cool, store them at room temperature in a sealed container.
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