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Nuts

About Macadamia Nuts

The macadamia nut tree originated in Queensland, Australia and was brought to Hawaii in 1882. Today, virtually all of the world's macadamias are grown on the Big Island. It takes about 7 years for…

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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;…

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Cashews

A popular snack nut that is rich in flavor, often eaten raw, roasted and lightly salted or sugared. Cashew nuts are common to Thai, Indian and Chinese cuisines and in vegetarian dishes.

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Chopping Nuts

Before chopping nuts in a food processor, dust them with flour. This keeps the nuts from sticking to the processor. —Gladys W., Calvert City, Kentucky

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Grinding Nuts

A food processor can make short work of grinding nuts, but if you're not careful you can end up with nut butter instead of ground nuts. To avoid this, toss the nuts with 1 to 2 tablespoons of…

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How to Toast Nuts

Toasting nuts before using them in a recipe intensifies their flavor. Spread the nuts on a baking sheet and bake at 350° for 5 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted. Be sure to watch them…

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Peeling Chestnuts

When chestnuts are available, I buy some and store them in the freezer. To heat, I put slightly defrosted chestnuts in a single layer on a microwave-safe plate and slit an X on the flat side of…

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Pine Nuts

Also know as pignolia or pinon, the pine nut is the small seed from one of several pine tree varieties. They are small elongated ivory-colored nuts measuring about 3/8 inch long and having a soft…

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Purchasing Pistachios

When buying unshelled pistachios, look for ones with the shell partially open so it's easier to retrieve the nut. Also, a closed shell indicates an immature nut.

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Substitute for Nuts

If your family loves the crunch of nuts in brownies and chocolate chip cookies, but someone is allergic to them, add granola or crisp rice cereal in the same amounts as the nuts called for in your…

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