I recently acquired about a pound of raw pine nuts. They were collected and are smaller on average than the pine nuts I can buy.

They are a pain to shell. The shells don't come away easily and since they are small there is a lot of work to do for a small reward.

What is the best way to shell these? Should I roast them in their shells first?


This is how you can do it:

  1. Place your nuts into a super-strong plastic food storage bag and close it securely after squeezing out all air from the inside.
  2. Put the bag flat on a hard surface like kitchen counter. Starting from the bottom of the bag, roll a rolling pin over the bag upwards and back.
  3. Repeat untill the shells crack.
  4. Take out the nuts and remove any remaining shells.
  • With the nuts raw or roasted? – Sobachatina Sep 21 '18 at 15:01
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    Preferably raw - but you can try and dry roast in a pan stirring frequently to avoid burning if you find the raw ones hard to crack. – Ess Kay Sep 21 '18 at 15:05

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