The Best Way to Toast Nuts? It May Be the Microwave


Toasting nuts enhances their flavor.  There are three ways to toast nuts: Oven, Stove Top, or Microwave.  We don't generally recommend the stove top method, since your chances of burning them are greater.  For either the oven or microwave method, we recommend tossing the nuts first with a light layer of oil.  This allows for more even toasting and better flavor.

1. Oven - Spread nuts in a single layer and bake in a preheated 325-degree oven.  (8 to 10 minutes for walnuts and pecans, 12 minutes for blanched, sliced or slivered almonds; 15 minutes for whole almonds and hazelnuts.)

2. Microwave - Add a half teaspoon of vegetable oil to a cup of nuts and spread in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate.  Microwave the nuts at one-minute intervals, stirring in between.  Depending on the amount and type of nuts, this can take between three and eight minutes.  Microwaving the nuts allows for even cooking from all directions, and cooks the inside and outside of the nuts at basically the same rate. Your kitchen should fill with deliciously nutty aroma.  Enjoy!  

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