Cooking tips for the caring cook.
Quickly Chopping Healthy Nuts
- Nuts have a lot of oil in them. Because of this, it's best to chop nuts with a sharp, serrated knife.
- If a recipe calls for chopped nuts and all you have in your pantry are whole nuts, you may want to use a food processor. Place the whole nuts or large nut pieces (about 1 cup) in the food processor bowl, then process using rapid on/off pulses. Be careful not to over process or you may wind up with spreadable nut butter instead of pieces.
- If using frozen nuts, chop or grind the nuts before thawing.
- With nuts such as hazelnuts or pistachios, there is a thin lining or skin on the outside of the kernel, in addition to the tough outer husk. This skin needs to be removed before chopping these nuts, in a process called blanching. If left intact, the lining can be bitter and unattractive when found in confection and baked goods.
- Nuts are easier to chop when they are warm. Heat in the microwave on high for two minutes or in a 325-degree oven for about five minutes.
Did you know?
October 22 is National Nut Day.