[Sca-cooks] Shelling pine nuts
Stefan li Rous
StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
Sat Jul 4 15:40:11 PDT 2009
<<< While driving through New Mexico I purchased two bags of unshelled
pine nuts. I'm asking if anyone know a good way to shell them 'in
mass'? It'd take forever one at the time. >>>
That's what children and apprentices are for...
No children or apprentices around? See various suggestions on shelling
pine nuts in this file in the FOOD section of the Florilegium. There's
also a bunch of other information on pine nuts and pine nut
substitutions in this file.
nuts-msg (134K) 1/ 7/08 Nuts, acorns, nut flours in
I always thought they came from Italy and from Utah. My brother
used to live in Utah and there was someone who had a pine nut business
sold them for $2 a pound. They were still in the shells but the shells
were very thin, and if you put them in the microwave for a certain
of time the shells would pop off without hurting the nuts. You had to
throw the container you popped them in out--it had what amounted to
tar on it, but it worked well.
> I've heard that you can use heat to
> force the cones open, but I'm not sure exactly how you would do that.
I had one open up over a couple years just sitting on my desk.
You can probably get them to open a little quicker by wrapping them
in foil, and warming them in an oven at low temperature.
> Maybe this is another time when you could use a microwave. I
> it on full power, maybe 50 %?
> Just a thought, since you can get the seeds to pop open.
AK!!! Umm, don't do it. I have seen some of them pop open, and that
would be bad. Also, the resin won't be happy about coming off of
it splatters on.
Okay, several options and opposing opinions. Hey, I didn't say there
was *one* solution. Afterall, these came from this list.
Another bit of useful info:
At 09:08 PM 02/06/98 EDT, Meghan wrote:
>Has anyone tried storing freshly purchased pine nuts bought in
quantity in the
>freezer? I've had occasion to find them at very good prices, and I'd
>know if anyone else has found success with this. I'm curious if the
>oils in the nuts would cause them to freeze badly or get mushy.
Yes indeed! They store very well in the freezer and it stops the oil
nuts going rancid. They defrost beatifully. This is recommended for
and seeds and "high qual" suppliers always store them this way.
THLord Stefan li Rous Barony of Bryn Gwlad Kingdom of Ansteorra
Mark S. Harris Austin, Texas StefanliRous at austin.rr.com
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