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Pine Nut Tips and Measures

Toasting brings out the flavor of pine nuts

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© 2008 Peggy Trowbridge Filippone

Pine Nut Cooking Tips and Measures

  • When cooking for guests, be sure to let them know when you cook with pine nuts. Most people who are allergic to more common nuts are also allergic to pine nuts.

  • Pine nuts may be eaten raw but are usually roasted or toasted. As with most nuts, toasting brings out more flavor.

  • Roast raw pine nuts on a flat tray in a 350-degree F. oven for about 10 minutes, shaking halfway through. They may also be toasted on top of the stove in a heavy skillet, stirring often until they turn golden.

  • Many markets sell ground pine nuts for use in confections.

  • Pine nuts are an excellent source of protein, moreso than any other common nut. European varieties have more protein than American varieties.

  • Chinese varieties of pine nuts have a much stronger pine flavor than the milder Mediterranean and Italian varieties.

  • Blanched, slivered almonds can be substituted for pine nuts in many recipes, but not for classic pesto.

  • 2-1/2 ounces pine nuts = 1/2 cup.

  • 6 ounces pine nuts = 1-1/4 cups.

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