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Re: toasting walnuts

Val Apr 1, 2007 05:43 PM

Bought a 9 ounce bag of shelled walnuts today for $2.50 (!!!!!) to me, a great buy! They and most other nuts are way more flavorful if toasted before using in recipes...Question: should I toast contents of entire bag, freeze and then use as I please or should I freeze the entire bag, and then toast as I need them??? Thanks everyone!

  1. Andiereid Apr 1, 2007 05:49 PM

    When I do that, I freeze the bag raw and toast a handful as needed. I think they lose some of their "fresh roasted" flavor when frozen.

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    1. re: Andiereid
      Calamityville Apr 1, 2007 07:03 PM

      I agree that toasting them at the time of use is the best way. They do fine stored in a baggy for a week or two. We always eat up the extras with some blue cheese and sherry or port.

      1. re: Calamityville
        jinet12 Apr 1, 2007 07:18 PM

        I freeze them as well, and actually toast them in the microwave...works great...easy

        1. re: jinet12
          Val Apr 1, 2007 07:24 PM

          Thanks everyone...Jinet12, can you please elaborate? How do you do this in the microwave???

          1. re: Val
            jinet12 Apr 1, 2007 07:48 PM

            I put them on a paper plate, and microwave on high for about 2 1/2 minutes then check them, stir them around, then start microwaving them for about 20 second intervals, tasting them in-between these intervals, and stop when they taste "toasty"...Works great

            1. re: jinet12
              Val Apr 1, 2007 07:55 PM

              Seems that they would only be heated up.... how can they be toasted on a paper plate? I'm not trying to be critical, but maybe analytical...can't hurt to try it with a handful next time I make oatmeal, though! Thanks!

              1. re: Val
                Ida Red Apr 1, 2007 08:15 PM

                I never tried with the microwave (I will now), but if your doing a few at a time, toasting them in a toaster oven is super easy and convenient.

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