How to Roast Cashews

Cashews are actually the seed of a tropical evergreen plant related to the mango. Find out how to properly roast cashews at home with help from an experienced culinary professional in this free video clip.

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Hello, my name is David. I'm with Illinois Nut and Candy, online at Today, we're talking about how to roast cashews. Interesting fact about the cashew, did you know that it's actually the seed of a tropical evergreen plant related to the mango? I just thought it's an interesting thing to start off with. So the question is today, how do we take cashews and roast them? One of the things we need to make sure we do with taking a cashew and roasting it is the first thing we need to do is pre-heat the oven. Heat that oven to 350 degrees. Then the next thing we need to do with the cashews is make sure you have a very fine quality cashew, a fresh cashew, a large cashew always helps too at least a 240 count. You're going to put it onto a cooking sheet, we like to put parchment paper on the cooking sheets first, simply take the cashews, spread them evenly on the cookie sheet. Once your cashews are evenly distributed on the cookie sheet, you have two choices, one you could dry roast them and put them right in the oven at 350, that's option one. Option two is you could sprinkle or drizzle some hazelnut or grape seed oil onto the cashew. It's a little less healthy, some people really do enjoy the flavor though. Now we're going to put the cashews in the oven. After about five minutes, we're going to go into the oven, we're going to take out the cashews, we're going to flip them and then put them back into the oven for about another three minutes. The whole idea is we want the cashews to cook evenly but we do not want them to burn. It's been about eight minutes since we put the cashews in to begin with. What we're going to do now is we're going to take the cashews out of the oven and here's one of the reasons I really like parchment paper as well, we're going to slide the parchment paper off of the cookie sheet and we're going to have the cashews now on a cooling rack. This way the hot metal will not keep cooking the cashews and they can cool evenly. After the cashews have cooled, they are ready to eat. My name is David with Illinois Nut and Candy, online at, and have a very sweet day.


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