Need to know how to roast and skin hazelnuts? Well, this is the post for you! I will walk you step-by-step through the whole process!
Roasted hazelnuts are the best.
And I just know you have lain awake at night wondering how you can roast them, skin them and fold them into cookies, granola or biscotti?! I know I have.
This here is the post where the mystery of how to skin those little nuts unfolds, step-by-step… right before your very eyes!!! Okay, so you guys, it’s really ridiculously easy. Roast, toss, roast some more and then shake in a clean kitchen towel. But in the past I might have shied away from a recipe that requires roasting and skinning nuts unless I could see just how it was suppose to look like.
Like most recipes, it helps to see it unfold before my eyes to feel confident in attempting it myself. It’s also cheaper than buying them already roasted.
Roasting hazelnuts are 100 times better than regular un-roasted hazelnuts. Something about toasting them brings out their inner-nuttiness and turns them into something special. BTW I can so pop these suckers like candy.
Roasted hazelnuts will change your life. forever.
To start you’ll need hazelnuts, a sheet pan, a clean kitchen towel and an oven.
Start by preheating your oven to to 350°.
Pour the nuts out onto the rimmed sheet pan.
Spread them out evenly and pop the pan into your preheated oven and roast for 4 minutes.
After the first 4 minutes, you can see the skin starting to crackle and peel. It’s something to do with water evaporation and the hazelnut shrinking within the skin.
Toss them around and pop them back into the oven for 4 more minutes. Of course you could just shake the pan and not dirty a spatula.
Repeat this stem 2 to 3 more times until the nuts are toasty and fragrant.
Carefully, using oven mitts, pour the hot roasted nuts in the center of your clean kitchen towel.
Twist them up and shake them with some good effort (truly wish I had a video of me doing this, not) so the hazelnuts rub against each other and the towel, removing their skin.
It’s really that easy.
Handpick the nuts out of the towel, don’t worry about the little skin-dust and just leave the flaky skin behind.
What Is The Best Way To Store Hazelnuts?
Store shelled hazelnuts in an airtight container if storing in the pantry or fridge. If freezing, I recommend using a freezer-safe re-sealable bag.
How Long Will Roasted Hazelnuts Keep?
If stored properly, these will keep in the pantry for up to 6 months. If stored properly in the refrigerator (1 year) or freezer (up to 2 years).
How To Roast and Remove Skin from Hazelnuts
- 8 ounces hazelnuts, or as needed
- Preheat your oven to 350°.
- Pour desired amount of hazelnuts out onto the rimmed sheet pan. I entered 8 ounces into the recipe card in order to get the nutritional information, but truly you can use as much as needed.Spread them out evenly and pop the pan into your preheated oven and roast for 4 minutes.
- After the first 4 minutes, you can see the skin starting to crackle and peel.
- Toss them around and pop them back into the oven for another 4 more minutes.
- Repeat this stem 2 to 3 more times until the nuts are fragrant.
- Pour the nuts in the center of your clean kitchen towel.
- Gather the ends of the towel and twist them together. Shake them with some good effort. The hazelnuts rub against each other, removing their own skin.
- Handpick the nuts out of the towel, discarding the skin unless you have a reason to use it.
- Use or store in an airtight container. If stored in the pantry these will last for up to 6 months. Store in the refrigerator (1 year) or freezer (up to 2 years).
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