Pistachio nuts are a nutritious snack because they contain healthy fats as well as antioxidants. Pistachios grow within a hull that surrounds a hard shell. When the pistachios fall from the tree, the hull falls off, leaving the raw nut within a split shell. The flavour of pistachios is enhanced when they are toasted; they are even more tasty when brined beforehand.
Create a brine solution. Mix 1 tsp of salt per 1/4 cup of water, which is enough to brine 2 cups of raw pistachios. Bring the solution to a boil, agitating the nuts to assure they are all completely covered with the brine. Remove from the heat once all the water has evaporated.
Spread the nuts on a baking tray.
Put the baking tray into a 250 degree oven for 90 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes.
Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.
Spread the pistachios on a baking tray.
Put the baking tray into a 350 degree oven for five to 10 minutes. Check them periodically to ensure they are browning rather than burning.
Remove the baking tray and allow them to cool slightly before handling.
Most commercially available pistachios are already roasted, so be sure you have raw pistachios before toasting them.
Tips and warnings
- Most commercially available pistachios are already roasted, so be sure you have raw pistachios before toasting them.