How to toast nuts for extra crunch and flavor

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Although others have written about this methodology, I by no means tried toasting nuts within the microwave till researching this text. And regardless of my skepticism, it labored higher than I anticipated. The way it works: Place the nuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate and microwave on excessive in 1-minute increments, stirring in between, till toasted all through. (In my trials, the nuts have been aromatic after simply 1 minute within the microwave, so one of the best ways to verify for doneness is to chop a pair open and take a look at the colour.) Relying on the quantity and kind of nut, it might take anyplace from three to eight minutes. They don’t get as brown as with different strategies, however you may increase the colour a bit by tossing half of cup nuts with 1/four teaspoon vegetable oil (or one other impartial oil) earlier than microwaving. Nevertheless, you shouldn’t use any oil should you plan to make use of them for baking because it has the potential to throw off a recipe. I additionally seen that just a few nuts have been cracked open as soon as I took them out, so this isn’t the tactic if that’s a priority for you. Nevertheless, “The outcomes are extra even and better-flavored than something you may get out of a skillet or toaster oven,” J. Kenji López-Alt wrote in Severe Eats, and after making an attempt it for myself, this could be my new go-to methodology for small portions and when the oven isn’t already on.