How to Roast Pistachio Nuts

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How to Roast Pistachio Nuts
Pistachios are a healthy snack. (Zedcor Wholly Owned/ Images)

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.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Salt (optional)
  • Baking tray
  • Oven

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    Salted Pistachios

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    Spread the nuts on a baking tray.

  3. 3

    Put the baking tray into a 250 degree oven for 90 minutes, stirring every 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Remove them from the oven and allow them to cool.

    Unsalted Pistachios

  1. 1

    Spread the pistachios on a baking tray.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Remove the baking tray and allow them to cool slightly before handling.

Tips and warnings

  • Most commercially available pistachios are already roasted, so be sure you have raw pistachios before toasting them.

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