Nothing beats the taste of freshly roasted nuts. Once you've purchased the raw nuts, now you need to roast the raw mixed nuts. The healthiest method is dry roasting because it has less fat, and it also provides a rich, deep flavor. The materials are simple, basically just an oven and a baking sheet, plus you can season or oil them for more flavor if you choose. You can roast any type of nut, but hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds, chestnuts, pistachios and walnuts are all excellent choices for roasting.
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees, and then remove the outer shells from the nuts. Spread them in a single layer on a lipped baking sheet, making sure the nuts don't overlap each other. If you're roasting chestnuts, these can be left in the shell, but you must slice the shell to prevent the nuts from exploding.
- Place the smaller nuts in the middle of the pan and the larger ones on the outside, and put the baking sheet in your oven, cooking the nuts for 20 to 25 minutes. When they are done, they will give off a strong aroma and be golden brown. Stir halfway through roasting if you are roasting enough raw nuts that they are touching each other.
- If you wish to remove the skins, rub each nut gently with a clean towel, but you can leave the skins on if you prefer this taste. If you wish to season the nuts, do it now while they are still hot. A small amount of oil may be necessary to get the salt or other seasoning to stick. Spray the nuts lightly with sunflower or light oil, then sprinkle with seasoning to taste. Remember, this must be done while they are hot.
- Now that you have roasted the nuts, they should be stored at room temperature in an airtight container, or you can store them in the refrigerator. Roasted nuts have a shorter shelf life and become rancid faster than raw nuts, so eat or discarded within three weeks.
You can eat your roasted nuts by themselves, or there are many wonderful recipes that call for roasted nuts, such as nut breads or poultry stuffing. Seasoning options include garlic powder, sea salt, powdered onion soup mix, butter, sugar, vanilla, Cajun seasoning, hot pepper sauce, honey or cinnamon. You can make the nuts sweet, savory or spicy, depending on your personal taste.