Here's a great gift you can make and give that will bring good eating and snacking during the holidays! Smoke up some nuts!
Choose RAW almonds, pecans, cashews, Brazil nuts, pumpkin or sunflower seeds.
If you prefer, you can blanch them, then allow to air dry. toss the nuts in a bowl with a light coating of olive oil-NOT vegetable oil and a little sea salt or you can substitute garlic or celery salt if you wish.
For sweet nuts, toss in oil, then toss in a mixture of sugar crystals, or honey, and a little cinnamon to taste, and then toss the nuts in this mixture and layout on a wire rack. To cool.
Spread the nuts out in a single layer on a wire baking rack, and place into your smoker. You want to both toast and smoke the nuts, so your smoking chamber temperature should be between 180-220 degrees F. Most nuts will be adequitley smoked within 30-60 minutes. You may want to experiment to determine the optimal level of smoke flavor in your nuts.
Use hickory, alder, apple, oak or pecan for your smoking woods. You can mix them up if you want.
Once the nuts are smoked, Allow them to cool down, then put into an air tight container or re-sealable bag, and wrap in festive celephane or paper. How easy is that!