Toasting Nuts in the Air Fryer is An Easy Way to Get Perfect, Uniformly Toasted Nuts
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TOASTING NUTS IN THE AIR FRYER
I was skeptical about getting an air fryer. I didn’t need to eat more fried foods. But it’s really more like a small convection oven. I ended up using it for all kinds of things. One of my favorites is toasting nuts in the air fryer. It does a really good job of toasting them evenly.
It’s just a matter of temperature and time. Keep the temperature lower than you would in the oven, because the air fryer has hot air circulating, so it is hotter than the oven at the same temperature. Check it and shake up the nuts. Start with a shorter time than you think it will take and then add time, a minute at a time, until you learn how long it really takes for the next time you toast some nuts. The different types of nuts will vary a bit in the amount of time it takes, so you will need to keep an eye on them. Remove them from the hot air fryer container immediately and spread them on a plate to cool. Allow them to cool completely before storing them in a jar.
HOW TOASTING NUTS FITS INTO OUR PLAN TO EAT BETTER
We found that an air fryer uses a fraction of the electricity that the oven does. It doesn’t have to be preheated and it toasts the nuts faster and more evenly than the oven, giving them the perfect crunch. So this was one of the ways we were able to reduce our carbon footprint. We cut our carbon footprint in halfand are helping to control climate change. We toast up batches at a time and store them in glass jars in the refrigerator to keep them fresh. This way they are ready to use in a recipe or on a dish. It’s one of the ways we ”stock the pantry”. Our electricity is less expensive and from a greener source on the weekends, so we save this for a weekend.
This makes it easier for us to eat more nuts, which is a healthy addition to our diet. Living in California, we are able to buy nuts from a local farm stand or the farmer’s market. But there are plenty of nut growers who have websites and sell direct to consumers. Buying direct from a grower will give you a quality product and sometimes for a lower price. Nuts are grown on trees, so this is a crop that actually helps fight climate change.
Photos by Tony Fitzgerald Photography