How to Toast Almonds
Toast just about any nut, and you bring out the natural flavors and make the taste more intense. In this cooking video, I show you how to toast almonds. It’s a very simple technique, but sometimes the simplest things can add the touches that make a good dish, outstanding. I won’t toast nuts every time I use them, but if I want to ensure a stronger flavor and a nice crunchy texture, this is the way to go.
HOW TO TOAST ALMONDS
- Put a dry pan on the heat, and let it come up to about medium temperature
- Drop the almonds into the pan. Ideally they are in a single layer, but it’s ok if some are over lapping
- Let the nuts heat for about 30 seconds, and then toss them in the pan
- Unfortunately, nuts tend to go from toasted to burnt pretty quickly, so I don’t advise you to walk away from the pan; rather stay right there, paying attention
- Continue to toss every 30 seconds or so. After about a minute you should start to hear a bit of crackling, and the skins will start to turn a darker color
- Continue to toss the nuts in the pan; reducing the interval between tosses to 15 or so seconds
- Once the nuts are heated through, and the skins slightly darkened, pour them out on a plate to allow them to cool off
- After about 10 minutes they should be cooled down, have a more intense flavor and a crunchier texture
- Note that while the nuts are still warm they will likely be a bit softer; that is also a great time to add any seasoning if you’d like
Hope you find this cooking technique useful…these are great in salads, as garnish, or just as snacks. Enjoy!!