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How To Toast Pine Nuts: Two Easy Methods

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Here are two easy methods for toasting pine nuts to golden brown perfection, one using a baking sheet in the oven, the other using a skillet on top of the stove.

Ingredients

Any amount of pine nuts up to 1 cup (16 ounces) if using the skillet method or up to 2 cups (32 ounces) if using the oven method.

Instructions

THE OVEN METHOD:

  • Place an oven shelf in the center position and Preheat the oven to 350ºF. Pour pine nuts onto a rimmed baking sheet and cook them for 8-12 minutes, tossing and checking for doneness after four minutes and every 2 minutes thereafter, until they are as golden brown as you want them to be. Remove them from the oven and transfer them to a bowl or they will continue to brown from the heat of the baking sheet. When cool, store them in an airtight container until you're ready to use them. (see notes below on how to store pine nuts).

THE SKILLET METHOD:

  • Preheat a large heavy dry skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium heat for 1 minute. Pour the pine nuts into the dry skillet (don't add oil or butter) and toast them, stirring often, with a wooden spoon. After a minute and a half or two, they will look oily and start to get some browned spots. At this point turn the heat down to medium low and keep a very close eye on them, stirring them constantly. As soon as all the nuts in the pan have some deep golden brown spots, turn off the heat and transfer them to a plate, so they don't continue to cook from the heat of the skillet. When cool, transfer them to an airtight container and store them until you're ready to use them. (see notes below on how to store pine nuts).

Notes

How to store toasted pine nuts

  • For best results, store toasted pine nuts in an air-tight container either in the fridge or freezer. They will keep for a month in the fridge and up to 3 months in the freezer.

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