Other names: Diced Nuts
Translations: Sasmalcināti rieksti, Kapotos Riešutai, Nucile tocate, Sjeckani oraščića, Xắt nhỏ Nuts, Siekanych orzechów, Gehakte noten, कटा हुआ पागल, Nozes picadas, Измельченных орехов, Ψιλοκομμένα καρύδια, المفروم والمكسرات, 다진 너트, Nasekané ořechy, Kacang cincang, Tinadtad na mani, 切碎的坚果, Nous picades, Sesekljano Nuts, Nasekané orechy, Tagliate la frutta a guscio, אגוזים קצוצים, Hackade nötter, Исецкани ораси, ナッツ, Noix hachées, Gehackte Nüsse, Hakkede nødder, Hakkede nøtter, Nueces picadas, Подрібнених горіхів, Hienonnetut pähkinät, Счукани орехи
Chopped nuts are typically shards of nut roughly one eighth of an inch across. They have the relatively hard texture of most nuts but the fact that they are already chopped up makes them much easier to chew.
Colors: Brown exterior with a lighter interior
Flavors: Salty, earthy, delicious
Mouthfeel: Crisp, Crunchy
Food complements: Cookies, Brown sugar, Oatmeal, Stir fry
Wine complements: Prinot gris
Beverage complements: Beer
Selecting and Buying
Seasonality: january, february, march, april, may, june, july, august, september, opctober, november, december
Choosing: Choose the nuts that are right for your dish. Different types of cuisine call for different varieties of nuts. You can buy previously chopped nuts, but freshly chopped nuts tend to give off more hearty flavors and aromas.
Buying: Chopped nuts are available at most grocery stores. Check out your local farmer's market for fresh or unusual varieties of nuts.
Procuring: Different varieties of nuts grow all over the world. Different varieties of nuts can be foraged for in different settings. For example, peanuts are found inside tough shells located underground while macadamia nuts are found in round casings high up in trees.
Preparation and Use
Chopped nuts can be used in a wide variety of dishes. Chopped walnuts make a phenomenal addition to brownies, cookies or even oatmeal. Chopped nuts are also a crunchy addition to any stir fry.
Cleaning: If you buy prepackaged chopped nuts cleaning will not be a problem. If you shell and chop the nuts yourself make sure that the shell is kept separate from the edible part of the nut.
Conserving and Storing
Nuts will last quite some time but if kept in warm damp areas for extended periods of time can start to rot.