Roasting nuts and seeds at home is simple, less expensive, and you control the oil and salt factor. You can usually buy nuts and seeds raw in bins at certain grocery stores. I like to buy them raw, so I can add my own salt and oil.
Fall and Winter are great times to buy nuts and seeds as they are usually on sale. Plus the weather is cooler so firing up the oven to roast several batches of nuts is no sweaty affair and the house smells yummy. So when I see nuts and seeds on sale, I buy a few pounds of each and pick an afternoon to roast all the nuts and seeds. I like to get almonds, cashews, pecans, sunflower seeds, and pepita seeds. These are what I use most often when cooking and baking. Occasionally, I will get mixed nuts, hazel, and Brazil nuts too. So many good nuts out there. I just love them.
You will need:
- Nuts – raw and shelled
- Oil of choice, I use either Grapeseed or Sunflower Oil
- Salt, I use Pink Himalayan Salt
- Gallon storage bag
- Parchment Paper
- Cookie Sheet
So here is what I do. Let’s start with Cashew Nuts. I take a gallon storage bag and put the raw cashew nuts in it, then add whatever oil you wish to use. I use either grapeseed or sunflower oil. These oils are light and mild in flavor, so it doesn’t mask the flavor of the nut or seed. Also, I NEVER use Canola oil, but that is another story for later, lol. Then I add my salt, I use Pink Himalayan Salt. Shake it up, make sure nuts are coated with oil and salt. Spread a sheet of Parchment Paper on a cookie sheet and spread out the nuts. I roast them for about 15-20 mins at 350 degrees. Let them cool, then place in airtight jars or baggies.
I do this same method for all the nuts I roast. Sunflower seeds less time, about 10 mins.
You can also roast nuts and seeds in the shell. I buy Pistachios in the shell because they are cheaper than buying them shelled. Even on sale Pistachios can be a bit expensive.
There are a lot of options when you roast nuts and seeds yourself. I have used flavored olive oils and different kinds of salt just to try something different. I used Hickory Smoked Salt on Almonds and they were very tasty. Give it a try sometime, I am sure you will like it.