I just found macadamia nuts in shell on sale, bought a couple lbs. Now knowing that they are literally impossible to crack, so I'm searching online for options, all of which include heat to get the shells to crack.
I've placed some in the oven at 350 and they started cracking within 10 minutes but its hot, I managed to get one open with a hammer. But I noticed the nut was oily so am I damaging them by using heat??
I've just put another small batch in at 250 this time hoping a slower heat will do less damage, but looks like they need more time...so I'm wondering the same, is the heat damaging the oils even if its lower but longer?
Lastly, would I then soak them once shelled? they seem so soft I wonder if they have the same protective mechanisms as other nuts that require soaking then drying...
Would love to get into these nuts, I had no idea!!!
asked byKelly_3 (8767)
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on June 18, 2011
at 01:32 PM
This question made me laugh. Being born in Queensland Australia where macadamia or "Queensland Nuts" are a native, I grew up eating them. We had several trees in the back yard. As a small boy I had my favorite spot where a missing stone had left a small depression in the concrete path just the right size to fit the nut. One wack with Dad's hammer was usually sufficient to open the nut without harming the contents. I got so proficient I could keep a constant stream of them going into my mouth. Another good way to crack them was in the vice. There are many good crackers available, at least here in Australia. Just don't put them in the oven!
on August 12, 2011
at 05:02 AM
seems to me that the water in the nut meat would turn to steam at the boiling point of water exploding the shell apart. i dont think the nut oils would be affected much at this low temperature. I assume Paleo man had campfires so it was probable that this was the easiest way to get at the meats. roasting chestnust by an open fire for the same reason.
on May 06, 2011
at 12:28 PM
Maybe the supplier/seller of this macadamia nuts can advise a technique to get into them?
Our supplier told us that macadamia nuts which are dehydrated help to preserve the natural nutrients and vitamins of the fruit. So I don't know about soaking them if you want to dehydrate them afterwards to maintain their protective mechanisms.
on May 05, 2011
at 05:34 PM
Some good info from my answer on another thread >>> here
some notes: you don't heat them while they still have the shell. You let them dry for at least a week first in the sun. It might take longer. Lay them out on a table in your yard or patio or whatever.
Once you crack em.. (loads of work), then you can dry them in the oven or lightly roast them. 250 is fine. Mac nuts have very little poly. The fats are not unstable so you're ok to heat them a bit.
Also, you can soak them, but they gotta be totally dry first (sounds odd I know). I don't personally soak mac nuts. Some people do though.
Enjoy. Macs are smooth as butter.