Toasting seeds,spices and nuts

photo 54-Toasting seedsPhoto 55-toasting cumin seedsWhole seeds and spices (like mustard seeds, sesame seeds and cumin seeds) can be toasted by placing them in a dry skillet over medium heat and stirring continuously to stop them from burning. The seeds are done when they start to pop or become fragrant. Most seeds will take a few minutes to toast so they should not be left unattended as they will burn easily.
The best way to toast raw nuts is to place them on a rimmed baking sheet in an oven at 350 degrees for 5 to 8 minutes. Pine nuts will take about 5 minutes, almonds will take about 10 minutes and larger nuts will take up to 15 minutes. Again, do not leave them unattended as they can go from perfectly toasted to irretrievably burnt in a minute or two.
Once they are done, remove them from the heat and keep them in a heat-proof dish at room temperature


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