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Freddy Guys Hazelnuts

Cracked Pieces: Hazelnut Trivia

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NUT STORAGE

Dry roasted nuts are best kept in the refrigerator, and can be used for up to one year. They can additionally be frozen for up to two years. Adding coatings and seasonings actually extends the shelf life because they "seal" the nut. Our nuts are stored in-shell and then cracked and roasted on demand. We prefer that you order what you reasonably expect to use and then reorder so that you are guaranteed the freshest product for your baking. Click here to order dry roasted or raw nuts for cooking.

ROASTING YOUR OWN

Many prefer to purchase raw nuts and roast as part of the holiday or party festivities. It's easy- just lay the nuts single layer on a cookie sheet and bake at approximately 250 degrees for approximately 1 hour. Adjust roasting time to personal taste. The aroma will fill the whole house and when warm the natural sweetness is a new taste treat. The skins can be removed (if desired- its not necessary) by rolling the warm nuts between two layers of toweling.

COOKING EQUIVALENCES

FARMERS MARKETS

In Oregon the farmers markets are alive and well – a regular festive gathering of the community in support of our American grown food supply! Our family participates in most farmers markets throughout the greater portland area as well as many holiday markets. The USDA fully supports our efforts by distributing both senior and WIC coupons in recognition of these healthy alternatives. Our market customers regularly return to our booth knowing that Freddy Guys maintains the highest standards of agricultural practices and product preparation. Market customers please contact us directly so that we can save you shipping costs.

USDA FACTS

It turns out that the tiny hazelnut is a true hero in preventing heart disease as well as many cancers and hazelnuts are a recognized "best food" for the popular low carbohydrate and Mediterranean diets.

The hazelnut has NO Cholesterol. Even though 80 percent of the hazelnut's calories come from fat, this is a monounsaturated fat or a healthy fat which carries essential fat-soluble vitamins and antioxidants (vitamins D, E, and K). These fats are vital for healthy skin, hair, and growth. They help control blood pressure and prevent blood clotting (the major cause of strokes and heart attacks). Hazelnuts are a natural source of the phytoestrogens flavinoids, and isoflavones. Their high folate levels prevent birth defects.

Here is the nutrition content of one ounce (a small handfull) of dry roasted hazelnuts:

Nutrient Hazelnut Content
Calories 180 calories
Protein 4 grams
Total Fat 17 grams
Saturated Fat 1.5 grams
Monounsaturated Fat 13 grams
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 grams
Cholesterol 0 milligrams
Carbohydrate 5 grams
Fiber 3 grams
Iron 8% RDA
Calcium 4% RDA
Niacin 2% RDA
Folate 8% RDA
Vitamin E 20% RDA
Vitamin A 0% RDA
Phytosterols 27 milligrams

Source: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, Released.

More details are available upon request – just email us for more nutritional detail and info.