After a brief conversation with Leah, here on SMF earlier,
I decided to smoke a large packet of almonds that I had bought a week or two back.
"Nothing too fancy" I thought, as I mixed equal parts of sea salt, coarse black pepper, and soft dark brown sugar, that I would use for seasoning.
I put the almonds into a saucepan/mixing bowl, and added a small amount of EVOO. I then stirred the almonds around and around, until they were all completely covered in a thin coat of oil.
I then shook some of the seasoning over them and tossed and turned them. I then added some more seasoning, then continued to toss and stir the almonds until the seasoning coated them all fairly evenly:
I then transferred the almonds to a wire basket, to allow the smoke to penetrate them all:
Note the artful use of depth of field in this photo No phone pics here
So I got the smoker up to 225F, and started the smoke with some applewood.
After that had finished smoking, I added some beechwood, which to me, is the noticeable flavour, as I am eating them, the total smoke time being 2hrs.
So below are 2 images of the finished smoked almonds, which taste superb - better than anything I've bought in a shop.
and a close-up...
They don't look much different, but they taste great
I'm drinking cranberry and raspberry juice at the moment, but I will have to have a glass of red quite soon........ just to see how it goes with the almonds of course!