Why you should roast your own nuts:
- less salt
- more interesting flavours
- less money needed for air freshnener (because they smell awesome for days)
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.