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Is it true that good pistachio nuts should have yellowish shell, purplish skin and greenish flesh?

In China, where I live, most pistachio nuts sold on the market have very white shell, and yellowish skin and flesh, like this: Today I read some articles claiming that these pistachio nuts were so ...
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Using nuts in pavlova meringue

I want to use ground nuts in a pavlova meringue, but I am having difficulty deciding what cooking technique would be best to use - recipes for meringue with nuts added seem to require a higher heat (...
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Can cashews go bad? If so, how do you tell?

We have a tub of cashews that seems "off:" they smell a little different and taste a little different than we're used to. They don't smell or taste rancid (to us, I don't think I've ever tried ...
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How much does a cup of hazelnuts weigh?

I need to purchase 1.5 cups of hazelnuts for a recipe I want to make but they’re sold by weight not volume. Approximately how much does a cup of them weigh? I would prefer to purchase as close to what ...
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Selecting nuts for successful home oven-roasting

I have gotten into the habit of buying raw or blanched or otherwise unroasted nuts from the local co-op in bulk and then oven-roasting or skillet-toasting on the fly for recipes. For most types of ...
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What is the inside of a nut called?

My 3-year-old and I were sharing our traditional mix of Christmas nuts. He's getting pretty good at cracking them open by himself, and wanted to know what the part he eats is called. Anyone have an ...
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Can I replace pine nuts with other nuts in a pesto sauce recipe? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is a good pine nut substitute for pesto? Pine nuts are very expensive here. I'm wondering if I can substitute any of the following: Walnuts Sunflower seeds Almonds ...
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How to salt and roast pistachios?

I have a bunch of raw pistachios, in their shells, and I want to roast them and also have them be lightly salted. I presume I would do this in a conventional oven. I like to roast them a few pounds ...
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Speeding up soaking of cashews for a recipe

I am trying to follow a srilankan recipe that asks me to soak cashews overnight, since I cant really wait that long, is there a way to speed up this process? Would putting it in hot water help the ...
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Are roasted nuts nutritionally different from raw nuts?

If I roast a selection of mixed nuts, does it significantly change their nutritional content? Also: Are there any potential food safety issues around roasting nuts (e.g. does it damage the oils)?
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What features should a food processor have in order to make nut butters?

I'm looking for a food processor that I can make nut butters (peanut & almond) in. No reviews on Amazon show any promising information about being able to blend nuts to a buttery texture and the ...
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Can nuts be frozen and for how long?

Can nuts be frozen in order to keep their flavour, and if so, for how long?
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What is a good pine nut substitute for pesto?

I'm allergic to pine nuts, is there another nut I can use to make pesto?
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How to blanch and peel nuts?

I recently blanched and peeled the "skin" off 500g of shelled pistachios and 500g of almonds. For the pistachios I poured boiling water over them, waited a minute, strained, and then rubbed the nuts ...
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How do Thai People Make Peanut Sauce?

I'm interested in making my own Thai Peanut sauce. However, every recipe I see online says to use peanut butter. I like Thai Peanut sauce I have in restaurants, but I HATE peanut butter. So when I ...
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Cracking open a pistachio

Is there a special tool available just for cracking open pistachio nuts? I'm asking because as I have gotten older, I have developed severe arthritis and joint pains, making opening them with my ...
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Are fresh, raw cashews different from store-bought?

I have a pen pal in Brazil (is it still a pen pal if we e-mail? anyway...) and knowing that I like nuts sent me some cashews. Apparently there is a cashew farm near enough to her that she went right ...
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Is there any way to “Salt” unsalted cashew pieces?

I picked up a bag of cashew pieces from the bulk bin last night got home and realized they were of the unsalted variety. Which are good but for a snack not quite what I was looking for. Is there ...
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What's the best way to crack open a Brazil nut without breaking the nut?

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 ...
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can i bake pine nuts?

I was thinking of adding pine nuts to a caneloni filling, but wasn't too sure if the heat would make the nuts release anything nasty.
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Chop nuts before or after toasting?

I have a recipe that calls for toasted chopped pistachios. I'm wondering if I should toast them whole and then chop them up, or toast them chopped?
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What can I do with Hazelnuts and Walnuts? [closed]

Recently I got some hazelnuts and walnuts to snack on, but I got too many. What interesting things can I do with them before they go bad?
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How do baking supply companies blanch their hazelnuts?

A friend of ours used to own a chocolate factory, and she would get blanched hazelnuts in big boxes. These were only lightly toasted, if at all, but they were perfectly cleaned - not a single ...
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Is it possible to freeze nuts to keep them from going bad?

For convenience, I like to keep a variety of nuts on hand for cooking and baking. Is it possible to freeze nuts to keep them from going bad? Walnuts, Almonds, Pecans in particular.
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How can I achieve perfect consistency with honey-roasted almonds?

I would like to roast my own almonds (or other nuts) with honey. Ideally, at the end of the roasting, the nuts should be slightly caramelized and have absorbed most of the flavour from the honey; ...
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how to grind pistachio nuts so that they stay dry

I've become a bit obsessed with making macarons and have actually managed to make them come out nicely, so I'm looking to take them to the next level and start using different nuts from almonds. When ...
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What can I do with 2 lbs. of pecans?

I just bought 2 pounds of pecans from a friend who received them from a fresh source. I know of all kinds of regular things to do with pecans, but short of making more or bigger dishes that happen to ...
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Why the overlap in peanut and tree nut allergies?

My wife is severely allergic to both tree nuts and peanuts (as in full on anaphylaxis, hello epipen and ER). We both find this curious, since peanuts are legumes and not nuts at all. Informally we've ...
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Any suggestions for cracking “black walnuts”?

These nuts have a very tough outer shell, any tips on cracking them?
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Fruit/nut allergy - cooking for

In this thread about cooking for people with allergies the first commenter (rightly, IMHO) suggests splitting up that general effort into more allergy-specific tips. The overall effort might still be ...
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Can I make my own chestnut puree?

I've got a recipe that calls for chestnut puree. I live in Australia and it's proving difficult to find. Chestnuts on the other hand are pretty easy to find so I googled around to see if I could find ...