Not only is it less expensive to buy raw nuts, but toasting nuts at home allows you to really control the level of flavor you can get out of each variety. It takes less than 10 minutes and when made in big batches, all you need do is pull nuts as needed from the pantry for salads, soups, baked goods or for snacking. This recipe works for most nuts, but pay in mind that smaller nuts like pine nuts or nut pieces might need less time.
This recipe also works for seeds like pumpkin and sunflower, which will need less time to toast.
- Any quantity of nuts (almonds, walnuts, pecans, pine nuts, seeds)
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Place raw nuts on a baking sheet and spread out evenly. Make big batches at a time!
- Once oven is preheated, place baking sheet in oven and set a timer for 4 minutes.
- Check on nuts, shake pan a bit to redistribute them and toast for another 3 minutes.
- Nuts should toast no longer than 7 minutes on average and you know that they’re done when they are slightly browned, shiny (from the oils coming out of the nuts) and are fragrant.
- Take care not to burn–the flavor is not so nice!
- Allow to cool then store in a mason jar or plastic bag until ready to use. If not using within a month, store in the freezer.