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Topic: OT for HG/DB Nuts! (3 msgs / 53 lines)
1) From: Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary
I'm late with this yearly post reminder, but     Don't forget the nuts!
All that is true about fresh roasted coffee applies to nuts ---- only more
so.  After 6 to 24 hrs the decline is noticeable.  HG/DB technique is
comparable to coffee.  Start with smaller batches to learn preferences.
Roast to taste.  Best as soon as they cool.  Favorites:
Hazelnuts:  roast til skins fly off like chaff.  (messy)  Golden brown.
After some cooling, smush around in a mesh strainer to slough off more of
the skins (some remains).  IMO, hazelnuts from Oregon are best.
Almonds:  roast till they start to snap and when most develop cracks.  I
like to add some Splenda-sweetened syrup and a little salt during the
roast.  Also like a darker roast----almost to the "burnt" almond degree.
Blanched slivered almonds.  I buy 3lb bags from CaliforniaFlavors.com.
(also for hazelnuts). Golden to taste.  Sprinkle on everything:  cereals /
oatmeal, cottage/ricotta cheese, cooked and raw veggies, endless uses.
Pecans.  challenging to roast just right, but fantastic when you hit it.
also try with a touch of syrup and salt.
Cheers
-- 
Martin
Heat + Beans
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2) From: Brian Kamnetz
Martin,
Thanks for the internet site. Do bricks-and-motar stores (if any) tend to
sell the unroasted nuts? (I've traveling and brought my heat gun stuff
along; I'd like to try roasting nuts on my trip?
Thanks,
Brian
On 12/21/06, Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary <
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3) From: Heat + Beans --all the rest is commentary
Costco sells big bags (2-3 lbs?) of whole almonds, walnuts (good roasted,
but not my favorite), and pecans (sometimes).  At least they have a
"sell-by" date on them. Good value. Trader Joes, and natural foods coop-type
places are OK, but a little pricier and you never know how long they've been
sitting in their bins. Often hazlenuts (may be marketed as Filberts) are
imported (Turkey and elsewhere) and may be less fresh.
Martin
On 12/21/06, Brian Kamnetz  wrote:
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