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Toasting Nuts

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Toasted Cashews

Remember, nuts are good for you! And they lend a wonderful crunch when toasted to many snacks and dishes. You can toast them using your microwave, oven or stove-top.

When you toast nuts, you develop their best flavor and texture!

  • To toast nuts, spread the nuts out on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  • Bake the nuts in a 350-degree oven for five to eight minutes, tossing and stirring often for even browning. Watch closely to avoid burning; you just want them toasted.

Microwave Toasting

This method works well for amounts ranging from a tablespoon to 1/2 cup. The time will vary depending on the size, type and temperature of the nuts you are toasting, and by the type of microwave.


  • Spread from a tablespoon to 1/2 cup nuts or seeds evenly in a single layer in a flat, microwave-safe dish, such as a 9-inch microwave-safe pie plate.
  • Add a small amount of soft butter or margarine or add a small amount of oil to the nuts/seeds. Use about 1/2 teaspoon fat per 1/2 cup of nuts/seeds; use proportionally less for smaller amounts of nuts/seeds. Stir the nuts/seeds to thinly coat with the fat. This small amount of fat helps with browning and speeds up the toasting process.
  • Microwave on high for 1 minute.
  • Stir and microwave for another minute.
  • *Check to see how the toasting is proceeding. Add more microwave cooking time one minute at a time because nuts and seeds can burn quickly. Stir after each addition of time.

*Small amounts of thin nuts/seeds (sliced almonds or sesame seeds) could be finished at 2 minutes. Larger amounts of nuts, such as slivered or whole almonds, walnuts, pecans and sunflower seeds will take an additional minute or two more microwaving to become lightly browned and smell fragrant.

Store any extra toasted nuts or seeds in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 weeks or freeze them in an airtight freezer container for 1 to 3 months.

Sprinkle your toasted nuts on cereal, yogurt, salads, soups, pasta and vegetables.

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