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Cashews

Cashews are kidney-shaped seeds originating from the tropical cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale), native to Brazil and now widely cultivated in various parts of the world, particularly in African and Asian countries. They are popular for their delicate and slightly sweet taste, buttery texture, and high nutritional value, including healthy fats, proteins, vitamins, and minerals, playing an essential role in many diets. In the culinary world, cashews are often consumed as a nutritious snack on their own or as an ingredient in various sweet and savory dishes. They're utilized in desserts, salads, stir-fries, and numerous sauces like vegan cheese and creamy cashew-based dressings. Cashew butter and milk have also gained popularity as plant-based alternatives to dairy products, enhancing their appeal to diverse dietary preferences.
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IN NUTS SEEDS & MIXES
574
CAL / 100G
$0.50
AVG / OZ
cashews
35%
CARBS
49%
FAT
16%
PROTEIN
Cashews FAQ
One common question when cooking with cashews is if they should be soaked before cooking. Soaking cashews in water for a few hours (or even overnight) before cooking helps to soften their texture and enhances their creaminess, especially when blended or processed – this is particularly useful in vegan cooking, where cashews serve as a base for creamy sauces and desserts. It's also important to note that cashews should always be served cooked, not raw, as they contain a substance called urushiol, which can be toxic when employed to high quantities. One mistake people often make when cooking with cashews is to overcook them. Overcooking can result in a bitter taste and loss of nutrients, so it's best to add them towards the end of your cooking process. Toasting cashews is a good way to bring out their natural sweet and nutty flavor, and it can be done in a pan or oven. When seasoning cashews, simplicity is key. They pair well with a wide variety of flavors, such as honey, garlic, rosemary, cayenne, or plain sea salt. Due to their naturally buttery flavor, they don't require a lot of additional fat when cooking. A lesser-known tip is that you can 'activate' cashews by soaking, then dehydrating them. This reduces the amount of phytic acid, which can inhibit mineral absorption. Activated cashews are easier to digest and their nutrients are more readily available.
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Expiration & Storage Tips
When does cashews expire?
Unopened, cashews can last between 6-9 months past the printed date on their packaging if stored properly. Once a package of cashews has been opened, they can stay fresh for up to 6 months if stored in a cool dry place, or 1 year if refrigerated. If you choose to freeze them, cashews can last up to a staggering 2 years!
How do you tell if cashews is bad?
If you're unsure of whether or not your cashews have expired, first check for changes in their color or smell. Fresh cashews should have a beige color, so if they look dark or dull, something may be amiss. Another indicator of spoiled cashews is a rancid or sour smell. If the nuts have a moldy or off-putting aroma, discard them (an off smell is often a sign of the oils in the cashews going rancid). Lastly, if the texture is soggy instead of crunchy when eaten, the cashews have likely gone bad.
Tips for storing cashews to extend shelf life
• Always keep your cashews in a cool, dark, dry place in airtight containers to maintain their freshness. • If you want to extend the shelf life further, consider refrigerating them. This slows down the oxidation process and keeps them fresh for longer. • When freezing cashews, package them in airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags. Make sure you squeeze out as much air as possible before sealing to keep them fresh. • Avoid storing cashews near strong-smelling food items like onions or garlic as they can absorb the flavours.
EXPIRES WITHIN
5 - 7
MONTHS
Health Info
Macros
9g
CARBS
12g
FAT
4g
PROTEIN
Allowed on these diets
VEGETARIAN
KETO
PALEO
WHOLE 30
MEDITERRANEAN
LOW CARB
VEGAN
LACTOSE FREE
GLUTEN FREE
Contains these allergens
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