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Toasted Nuts

Everyone’s heard the classic Christmas carol that opens with “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire,” but have you ever wondered why we actually roast, or toast, nuts?

The main reason for toasting nuts is to enhance their flavor. And although the extra step might take a little more time, there are three easy ways to do it.

  1. You can microwave any type of nuts by spreading them in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate and cooking for 3 to 6 minutes. Make sure they are toasted and browned, but not burnt.
  2. To toast nuts in a stovetop skillet, spread a single layer in a large skillet over high heat (with no oil or cooking spray) and toast until browned, stirring to avoid burning.
  3. Oven-roast nuts by spreading them in a single layer in a large-rimmed baking sheet and placing them in a 375-degree oven. Toast until they are browned, stirring once during cooking time.

Check out some tasty recipes featuring nuts and get your fill of nutty nutrition information.


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  1. Denise

    December 2, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    What is the easiest way to shell pecans to get pecan halves rather than pieces?

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