Your favourite nuts

TastyReuben

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Brazil nuts are far and away my favorite, and I found an excellent tip for easily getting whole nuts out of the shell (usually).

I've done the freezing and the soaking and all that with no success, but what works for me is to microwave them for about 20 seconds, then as soon as they're cool enough to handle (almost immediately), just gentle pressure in a few places with a nutcracker and they come right out, if not whole, then at least halves.

I'd put my success rate for whole nuts at about 80% or higher.

Least favorite...walnuts.
 

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but what works for me is to microwave them for about 20 seconds, then as soon as they're cool enough to handle (almost immediately), just gentle pressure in a few places with a nutcracker and they come right out, if not whole, then at least halves.
Excellent tip. Also - if you microwave garlic cloves for a few seconds the skin slips off.

My fave nuts are walnuts - I love the dry yet creamy sweet taste with the hint of bitterness from the brown nut 'skin'.

Least liked are cashews - to fatty & oily for me.
 

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Excellent tip. Also - if you microwave garlic cloves for a few seconds the skin slips off.

My fave nuts are walnuts - I love the dry yet creamy sweet taste with the hint of bitterness from the brown nut 'skin'.

Least liked are cashews - to fatty & oily for me.
Where I'm from, we have a local variety of walnuts - black walnuts.

I hate them, they're pungent and musty and sour. Just nasty, but they have a dedicated following.

The one time my wife actually spit out and threw away ice cream was on her first visit here, to meet my parents. She got a black walnut ice cream cone, thinking it was just regular walnut. Took one bite (yes, MrsTasty literally eats ice cream in bites), gagged, spit it out and threw it in the trash bin. :laugh:
 

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Where I'm from, we have a local variety of walnuts - black walnuts.

I hate them, they're pungent and musty and sour. Just nasty, but they have a dedicated following.
I'd probably like them. Here we have pickled walnuts which are black - they are young walnuts pickled in their shells.
 

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During the holiday season, I always make a big batch of glazed pecans. Pecans are native to Texas, so they are abundant.

I use equal measure of butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup (simmered in a skillet until the brown sugar melts) to coat the pecans, and bake them in the oven until the glaze hardens.

I also use chopped pecans in my chocolate chip cookies.

BTW, I pronounce pecans "puh-cons", not "pee-cans." Pee-cans are something long-haul truckers keep in their trucks so they can drive 10-hours without stopping.

CD
 

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Generally, I'll add, I don't really care for nuts cooked in anything, I just like to eat them out of hand. It's not a show-stopper, but if I'm making something like brownies, there will be no nuts.

And I say "pee-cans," but I think we already had this discussion. :wink:
 

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Walnuts
Nutcrackers
Me
Minor accident
Throbbing right hand
Swearing
Gives walnut and cracker to someone else.

Those are the days......! :thumbsup:
 

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During the holiday season, I always make a big batch of glazed pecans. Pecans are native to Texas, so they are abundant.

I use equal measure of butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup (simmered in a skillet until the brown sugar melts) to coat the pecans, and bake them in the oven until the glaze hardens.

I also use chopped pecans in my chocolate chip cookies.

BTW, I pronounce pecans "puh-cons", not "pee-cans." Pee-cans are something long-haul truckers keep in their trucks so they can drive 10-hours without stopping.

CD
I have a bag of puh cons ready to do the candied nuts as you describe. I got the idea from another site.
The peecans, I've heard about them, did I tell you my son and I drove about 9 hrs straight so he could drive in a horse race? Lol.

Russ
 

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As a kid we always had a bowl of mixed nuts on the side board. I only ate peanuts and cashews.
My pet hates are almonds Brazil hazel nuts.

Faves are cashew by a street then walnuts. I have some chicken and walnut pate in the fridge right now. Pic to follow.

Russ
 

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I keep a supply of almonds, walnuts, brazil nuts, pistachios, and pecan nuts because I eat some of them every day anyway. I have several hundred hazelnuts from the tree in my garden too. I don't buy macadamia nuts in case the dog gets hold of them, although I do like them. I haven't bought peanuts for years. I like the ones in their shells, but Tesco does not sell them and the Sainsbury's ones only had two good reviews, one of which was from someone who bought them for her parrots. If the weather gets a bit warmer like they say and if it stays dry I may take a trip down to the local shopping centre and see if I can get any from there.
 
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