Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Roasting Nuts At Home

Roasting nuts at home is a great step up in flavor and texture from store-bought roasted nuts.  It's pretty easy to do but there are a few things to avoid.   The main risks are time and temperature:   too long or at too high.     I
Pistachios - roasted today at home
roast my nuts (yes, I know)  at 350 F  ( 175 C) for 15 minutes at most.   Pre-heat the oven and place the nuts,  one layer thick,  on a baking pan.   Roast for about 7 minutes and then open oven and stir the nuts to roll them - you can also rotate the whole pan for more even heating.   Now comes the critical point -   continue roasting but smell,  look and listen to your nuts.  :)   Peeking often is OK -  it's better to get then out a bit early if you are unsure.   Sampling hot nuts is dangerous (in all domains).   When ready,  pull the pan out and place in a cool dry spot - try not to melt furniture or burn yourself.   After they have cooled to room temperature - place them in an airtight container.   Bon appetit.

Tenth Anniversary of Surgery

It's been ten years since cancer surgery.  I have new camera. :)