Here’s a little taste test: Try a plain, raw almond. Now try one that’s been dry roasted. Can you tell the difference?
Dry roasting is a culinary method that involves cooking with dry heat, without the use of oil or water. This results in a robust taste and golden-brown finish. Commonly dry roasted foods include nuts, seeds, coffee, chocolate, and spices.
Many store-bought foods are already dry roasted for you, but you can also try the dry roasting process at home. This way, you can control the quantities, ingredients, and flavors. Plus, it’s simple, fun, and affordable. Shop in the bulk bins and buy just the amount you need.
Now, get creative with your dry roasting to enhance everyday meals and snacks, like:
• Trail mix
• Homemade peanut butter
• Slivered almonds (for oatmeal and braised greens)
• Sesame seeds (these make a beautiful garnish)
• Whole spices (grind for curries and other dishes)
The key to successful dry roasting is to preheat your oven. Nuts and seeds roast well at an oven temperature around 300 to 350°F. Then place the ingredients on a baking sheet and roast until fragrant. Spices burn easily, so you can toast them more watchfully in a pan (also sometimes referred to as dry roasting) on the stove. Your kitchen will smell divine!
- Heat it. Preheat the oven to around 300 to 350°F. The temperature really depends on what you’re roasting, so either experiment on your own or refer to a recipe for specific instructions.
- Spread thin. Place your ingredients on a baking sheet in a single layer. Use two baking sheets if necessary.
- Ready to go. Place in the oven and set a timer or roast just until golden brown and fragrant.
- Shake it off. Stir or shake the baking sheet a few times during cooking for even cooking and browning.
- Be cool. Let cool completely before storing.
- Go nutty. Store in an airtight glass container or enjoy immediately.