How to Roast and Blanch Hazelnuts?
Have you ever wondered how to roast hazelnuts, or even do you need to roast them? Discovering How to Skin & Roast Hazelnuts using this method brings them to the next level.
Ok, so how do you actually cook raw hazelnuts?
How to Roast and Peel Hazelnuts?
There are two ways for peeling and roasting hazelnuts.
- First method: The first one is by boiling and ice bathing the hazelnuts.
- Second method: The second one is by roasting the nuts with the skin on and the rubbing them in a clean towel.
Follow these steps for each method to make a wonderful healthy snack for yourself at home:
The First Method:
Things you will need for the First method:
- 4 tablespoon Baking Soda
- Bowl of Ice water
- 4 cups of water
- 1 cup of hazelnuts
Step 1: Bring water to a boil in an average saucepan and add the baking soda to the boiling water and then instantly add the nuts. Be ready because the water will foam up right away. If it seems like it will bubble over, lower the heat immediately, and lift the pot off the heat. Don’t be like me and let the pan boil over.
Step 2: Boil for 3 or 4 minutes, stirring regularly.
To test if they are ready to blanch, lift one nut out with your slotted spoon and put it in the bowl of ice water. If the peels get off efficiently, you’re ready to go.
Step 3: Transfer the remaining nuts to the ice bath and peel off the skins. Put them on a baking cloth lined with paper towels as you go so they can dry.
Step 4: Preheat your oven to 350 and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. place the nuts out onto the baking sheet and cook for 10-12 minutes, shaking them around about midway. Remember to keep a close eye on them to make sure they aren’t burning.
The second method
Things you will need for the second method:
- 1 cup of hazelnuts
- Clean tea towel
Step 1: Preheat your oven to 400 and line a baking cloth with parchment paper. Spread out the hazelnuts and roast for 5 minutes, Remember to keep an eye on them to make sure they aren’t burning.
Step 2: Let them cool for 3 or 4 minutes, and then rub them in a clean tea towel to remove the peels.
While I loved the fun, science phase of the bubbling water, etc. with the first method, because it required quite a few more dishes and a lot more steps, I suggest the second method which was my preferred pick.
You can try them both out for fun!
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