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UNopened pistachios

Sophia. Dec 8, 2008 11:22 AM

does anyone have a good way to open pistachios that are sealed shut? I'm not talking about the ones with tiny little openings--I can usually pry those apart with my nails--but the ones that are completely closed. what makes them open in the first place? I have a bag with an extraordinary number of unopened nuts, and it's frustrating me. thanks!

  1. Veggo Dec 8, 2008 01:20 PM

    Pistachios were the comfort food of my best college buddy (and the class trickster in the 70's).
    Any quantity of pistachios contains a few nuts that don't have a single crack from which to begin the nail-prying exercise. I began saving the crackless pistachios, like pocket change, for years, with no particular objective except hope and opportunity.
    About 12-15 years after college, my buddy was hospitalized for a non-life-threatening condition. I visited him with a large zip-lock of pistachios, and he sat up and beamed like a cheshire cat and his eyes got as big as saucers.
    Not a one of them had a single crack.

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    1. re: Veggo
      givemecarbs Dec 11, 2008 03:32 PM

      OMG Veggo! A tale of revenge chowhound style! Sounds like an idea for a whole thread.

    2. d
      dijon Dec 8, 2008 01:03 PM

      the dog gets those

      1. danhole Dec 8, 2008 12:56 PM

        regular nutcracker, or break gently with some needle nose pliers.

        1. g
          givemecarbs Dec 8, 2008 12:33 PM

          I used to bite those kind open. Then I decided it was bad for my teeth. Hmm. Might try something with a hammer but that could get messy. Let us know if you figure out a good way to open them because I have this problem too once in awhile.

          1. BiscuitBoy Dec 8, 2008 11:59 AM

            They haven't ripened, or matured, or whatever you call it with a nut. Probably not worth eating anyway

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