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Georgian dessert based on walnuts

It was most likely a simple preserve. Unripe walnuts are commonly eaten in Eastern Europe, and preserve is one of the widespread preparations. (Maybe even the only widespread one besides liqueur - ...
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Does pistachio ice cream need pistachio nut chunks in it?

I was at first a bit uneasy about your question, seeing the word "need" as potentially subjective. Then I realized that the core of your question seems to be: Would the cream part of the ...
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Larvae in pine nut container, safe to eat?

Take it straight back to the shop. They will have to pull the entire product line from sale & have it checked by the health authorities. If they have any common sense, they will also award you a ...
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What is a good way to roast hazelnuts?

While using a pan on the stove top can result in roasted hazelnuts (or any nut), it does require constant movement and attention. It can be quick, but it can also go wrong quickly if your heat is too ...
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Roasting nuts with versus without oil. Is there any significant difference?

The primary reason to toast nuts with oil is to get better heat transfer from the pan/oven to the nuts themselves; this is particularly important if toasting nuts on the stove, as you can end up with ...
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Does pistachio ice cream need pistachio nut chunks in it?

Short answer: no, it doesn't. I'm actually a bit surprised by the other two answers here about (pieces of) nuts being a common ingredient. Where I'm from, pistachio ice cream usually does not contain ...
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What to do with leftover almond peel?

I made bacon😃 Mixed together 2 tablespoons oil, 3 tbs soy sauce or tamari, 2 tbs nutritional yeast, 1 tbs woostershire, 1/2 tbs maple syrup, 3/4 tbs hot paprika in a bowl. Mix in 3 cups loose ...
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Are fresh, raw cashews different from store-bought?

You can eat the fruit of the cashew off of the tree, called the "cashew apple" and it is supposed to be popular in places where it grows and has a mild sweet flavor, but it's never seen anywhere else ...
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What can I bake for my nut allergic friend?

Step 1 should always be to ask which ingredients exactly you need to stay clear of, just in case it's more than nuts. My - possibly naïve - assumption would be that basic recipes that stick to flour,...
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What is the use of oil in this recipe? Can I do without?

I just looked at 10 different recipes for caramelized nuts, and of those 10, not a single one called for oil. That being the case, I think you're fine skipping the oil. If it doesn't seem liquid ...
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Larvae in pine nut container, safe to eat?

This is the larva of a pantry moth. Safe, normal thing to find in an agricultural product. I had a pretty bad infestation of them a few years ago (they came in with some rice I think) and can say ...
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Are "shelled nuts" with or without their shells?

In cooking, "shelled" usually means "de-shelled" or "shell-less". This applies to nuts, peas, etc. The opposite that I've seen most often is "shell" to indicate that they still have their shell. "...
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How can I skin hazelnuts at home?

There are really two methods. The roasting method, where the nuts are roasted, then placed in a kitchen towel, and the skins are rubbed off. The second is the blanching method, where you blanch for ...
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Larvae in pine nut container, safe to eat?

The larvae of some kinds of food moths look very much like this. I'm not a bug expert, but I've been unlucky enough to have had them several times. If that's what it is, they are not directly ...
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What is the use of oil in this recipe? Can I do without?

You can absolutely skip this step in your recipe and have quality results. Typically, a recipe for roasting nuts would include oil to enhance texture or flavour, and to provide a more even coating for ...
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if you fry nuts in vegetable shortening is there still nut allergy risk?

Depends on exactly how sensitive the allergic person is, but there is some protein/allergen transfer. So there is an allergy risk. (Depends on the particular person whether it'll cause harm or not—but ...
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What kind of nut is this?

Looks like roasted chickpeas which are actually a legume (related to peas & beans), but you can toast them up and eat like nuts (like you would peanuts/groundnuts which are also legumes).
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Roughly chopping large batches of hard nuts

A chopping jar: (photo from Etsy) should be exactly what you need. (You may also want to look at multi-blade mezzalunas, but they're really meant for mincing herbs.)
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Does pistachio ice cream need pistachio nut chunks in it?

I think adding things like nuts, chocolate, cookies, candy, etc. does two things. It adds a different texture to the ice cream, so you get a crunch or a chew or both, in addition to the smooth texture ...
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brittle layered nut candies

It's complicated. Really, really complicated. And hard, oh so very hard. So, this kind of texture is not a "natural" consequence of nuts and sugar, in fact it has little enough to do with nuts at ...
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What's the best way to crack open a Brazil nut without breaking the nut?

If you own a vise, there's a very easy way. First, freeze the nuts for an hour or two. Then put them in your vise and squeeze the nut on the ends. Turning the vise handle allow precise, specific ...
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Roasted Hazelnut soil?

Dry roast the nuts in a pan or skillet until golden, keep them moving at all times. Let them cool completely on a paper towel. Grind them to the right particle size you need. Spread them thinly and ...
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Multiple layer toasting in Microwave

Microwaves don't toast. The pass high energy microwaves through food. These waves struggle to penetrate high density materials, causing them to heat. It's (mostly) the water within the microwaved ...
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Roasting nuts in a rotisserie drum

Different ovens and air-fryers perform differently, hence I don't think there is a one- size-fits-all kind of a conversion factor. In my case, I roast a kilo of peanuts in one go and it takes 22-24 ...
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How can I skin hazelnuts at home?

I too scoured the internet for methods and found the two methods found in moscafj's answer. However, I found both approaches so frustrating and time consuming that I was considering abandoning ...
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How to crack walnuts?

At my house we use a butter knife. At the bottom of a walnut, there's always a small crack that we can slip the tip of the knife through, then twist the knife by the handle and the shells come apart. ...
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Adding fresh fruit to a non fruited banana bread

If you add chocolate and nuts, no. They can be added without any adjustments, as they don't tend to affect the rest of the cake at all. Fresh fruit is a bit trickier, since it tends to release a great ...
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Larvae in pine nut container, safe to eat?

Such worms are larvae, typically of food/pantry moths. The moths are not harmful but some German sources suggest that the feces and other contamination caused by them may cause allergies or digestive ...
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Why are my hazelnuts/filberts bitter?

Diarylheptanoids were recently identified as responsible for bitter off-flavor in hazelnuts. This correlates with infection with bugs (of the bush, not in storage) and starting germination ...
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Chop nuts before or after toasting?

Toast the nuts evenly first, it will let off the steam in the nut. Then chop them. If they are evenly toasted the toasty flavor & crunch will be present throughout the nut. You will notice the ...
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