Crack Macadamia Nuts
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Macadamia nuts have the hardest nut shells on earth! Yet it's worth the effort to get them out because they are healthy (monounsaturated fat) and delicious. Here's some hints for getting at the nut inside.
- Use a wooden hammer and a wooden solid ball which has a flat base that prevents the ball from moving and a hole carved out of the top (where you place the nut). The hammer and ball should be made for one another; often the grower or retailer can sell this to you; or
- Put the nuts in the freezer an hour before you intend cracking them - this makes the shell quite a bit weaker. This should enable you to use an ordinary (strong) nut cracker to open them with; or
- Cheat and buy them pre-shelled but you won't get the same goodness out of them if you do!
- Procure a C clamp from any hardware store.
- Place nut in clamp.
- Twist clamp.
- Remove macadamia nut from cracked shell.
- Be careful of the shards from the shell. They tend to fly everywhere when the hammer comes down. Best done in an area where the mess can be easily swept up, or cover a large area with newspaper that you can easily collect up and throw away afterwards.
- Pre-shelled nuts are never as good as nuts straight from the shell, as the nut oils begin to go rancid on contact with the air. Preserve your uneaten cracked nuts in the refrigerator for up to a week after cracking. Only crack the amount you are likely to need to avoid wastage.
- Macadamia nuts that have been placed in the freezer an hour before cracking are much easier to crack.
- Cracked macadamia nut shells are said to be great for garden mulch.
- Watch your thumb and fingers - keep them away from the area that the hammer is set to come down on.
- Don't improvise with the hammer and ball unit. You could hurt yourself - get the one that is properly made. Normal hammers will shatter the nut as well as the shell because you will hit too hard.
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Sources and Citations
- Australian Macadamias - yes, that's where they're native to!