Brazil Nut Basics

The Brazil nut shell is very hard. To make it easier to crack, bake the nuts at 400° for 15 minutes. Or place in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil; boil for 3 minutes. Drain; cover with ice water and let stand for 2 minutes. Drain and crack. One pound of Brazil nuts in the shell yields about 1-1/2 cups of nut meat.