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Aug 13, 2014 05:45 PM

How can I get sunflower seeds that are shelled *after* being roasted?

Hey folks!

I love sunflower seeds that come in the shell, as does any sane human being, right?

But, also like any sane human being, I'm not particularly fond of all the work of shelling them. Now, there have always been shelled seeds available for purchase (think salad bar type), but they taste almost nothing like the ones in the shell. They roast those naked ones after shelling them and it gives them a completely different flavor.

As far as I can gather, it's because of the process required to remove the shells- you need to soak them in water. So they soak, remove, then roast and salt.

I would kill to find a brand that was roasted, salted, and only *then* shelled. That would be the best of both worlds and, as it stands, is a product that for me exists only in fantasy. Until I make my millions and can pay servants to shell all my seeds for me, this remains a pipe dream :).

Any thoughts? Oh and making my own is out of the question- don't have the time, facilities, or patience for it ;)


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  1. A roasted salted sunflower seed shell does not equal roasted salted sunflower seed inside of it.....even if you did the entire process yourself.

    The shell has to come off for the seed to be exposed to heat and become roasted....

    2 Replies
    1. re: Ttrockwood

      I'm not sure this at all answers my question.

      At the store, you can buy two varieties- shelled and unshelled. The unshelled (David, etc.) are fantastic and taste almost nothing like the shelled ones. As far as I can surmise, the shelled ones are roasted after being shelled, not before, otherwise they would taste identical.

      I'm looking for the equivalent of having sat there with a bag of Davids for an hour shelling every single seed and putting those in a bowl! :)

      1. re: BigBrother

        To me the unshelled taste just like the shelled.