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How does one crack open a Brazil nut in order to get the whole nut? When I go to the store I can get entire nut meats. Unfortunately, with whole nuts, it's a pain.

I've used the nutcracker longitudinally and horizontally and/or both, but the nut never comes out whole.

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From here

Freeze Brazil nuts, or soak them in water for several hours before cracking.

Stand frozen nuts with the point facing up and hit with a hard object, such as a hammer, to crack.

Crack soaked nuts with a nutcracker. Place the nut in the grip of the nutcracker so that the seam of the shell is subjected to the direct force.

Use minimum force necessary to split the shell when squeezing, in order to avoid crushing the nut kernel inside. Rotate the nut while squeezing so the shell cracks slowly.

Extract the kernel from the shell.

Allow the kernels of soaked nuts to dry for a few hours after cracking.

Read more: How to Crack Nuts |

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Microwave them. My microwave is 820W, so adjust the time according to the wattage of your microwave. Have a bowl of cold water near, as the nuts will be hot. One brazil nut = 30 seconds on high. Drop the hot nut in the cold water for a few seconds, just until it's cool enough to handle. Use a nut cracker and gently crack it slightly. Put it back in the cold water until the nut inside is cool, or not if you want warm nuts, which are tasty as well. You may need to used the cracker again, but the nut should come out whole.

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Welcome to the site! This sounds easy and delicious! – Sue Dec 31 '15 at 1:00
Very clever! Can you nuke more than one Brazil nut at at time? – ElmerCat Dec 31 '15 at 1:32

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