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Pine nuts [moved from the Greater Boston Area board]

rsnyder Feb 13, 2012 12:23 PM

I was given a couple of pounds of unshelled pine nuts gathered in Colorado. How do I shell them and is it worth it? One web site offering unshelled pine nuts suggests that they make excellent bird food!

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    kedrnut RE: rsnyder Feb 18, 2012 01:05 PM

    if they already out of the pine cone, boil them for 1 hour at low simmer, then the shells get soft and you can crack them - then you can eat them - this is what we used to do when I was a kid ... if they are still in cones, you can still boil them without taking them out, but it will take longer. We used to eat them like sunflower seeds - pop them in your mouth and crack the shell then eat.

    1. Caroline1 RE: rsnyder Feb 18, 2012 08:04 PM

      Some pine nuts have much harder shells than others. I've had some that were easy to open with my fingernails and others that required a pair of pliers. In-the-shell pine nuts are great for a self-limiting snack; you soon get tired and put them away. For recipes that may call for a quarter cup or more of pine nuts, head for Sam's Club and the already shelled kind!

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