Dos and don’ts for how to get toasty, flavorful almonds, walnuts, pecans and other nuts …without burning.
It’s Healthy Kitchen Hacks Wednesday – the day we share our favorite time-saving kitchen tricks and cooking shortcuts to help you make healthy and delicious meals.
Now…onto today’s featured Healthy Kitchen Hack:
How Not to Burn Nuts
That was often my experience when I tried to toast almonds, walnuts and pecans. I always seemed to burn them. Now I follow a few ‘Dos and Don’ts’ and my nuts turn out toasty, fragrant…and not burned.
- Toast nuts in the oven. Bake in the oven at 375-degrees F. While the oven can have hot spots, the heat is not so intense to burn nuts quickly.
- Shake the pan frequently. Use a high-sided pan – like a cake pan – so you can easily shake the nuts to toast evenly. Bake for 5 minutes, then shake. Roast at 3-minute intervals, shaking after each 3 minutes.
- Check doneness by aroma and color. Once you begin to smell the toasty nut aroma, you can stop roasting. For more intense color, roast about 3 minutes longer.
- Don’t toast nuts on the stovetop in a pan. It’s just too easy to burn one side while the other side of the nut is still blond. Also, pans can heat unevenly, so some nuts burn, while others are barely toasty.
- Don’t toast chopped nuts. Again, pieces will be uneven. Plus, nuts are much easier to chop if you toast first, then chop. A knife will slide right through warm nuts, because the oils have been warmed and softened.
- Don’t toast broken nuts. With a smaller surface area, they will burn before whole pieces are done. Pick out the broken pieces of almonds, for example. If toasting walnuts, or pecans, make sure they are whole or all the pieces are the same size.
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My favorite toasted nut recipes:
Have you ever burned nuts? How do you like to eat toasted nuts?