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Skinning Hazelnuts

By Joanne Smart, web producer

September 7th, 2016

The ingredient list for our Amber Ale Lentil Salad calls for toasted, skinned hazelnuts. While the world would not end if you didn't bother skinning the nuts, there are a few good reasons why you should: The skins can be bitter, they can make a dish look dark, and they can get stuck in your teeth. Fortunately, the skins-or most of them, anyway-are easy to remove once the nuts are toasted. Simply wrap the hot nuts in a clean kitchen towel and let them sit for about 5 minutes; the resulting steam helps loosen the skins. Then vigorously rub the nuts against themselves in the towel. Be persistent and try to get at least half of the skins off. 

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