How to Toast Almonds

Dave Beaulieu July 8th, 2011

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!!

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