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Shelled macadamia nuts

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 05, 2011 at 5:28 PM

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!!!

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

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on July 30, 2011
at 05:57 PM

oh, i just realized this is old news - must've been auto-bumped. oh well. so did you ever get the damn things open? :)

559aa134ff5e6c8bcd608ba8dc505628

(3631)

on July 30, 2011
at 05:54 PM

1) the fats are mostly MCTs, not PUFAs, so no worries there. (that's why mac oil is so good for cooking) 2) the 'protective' action of soaking nuts is only effective for *raw* nuts (it's akin to sprouting). 3) not sure there is anything to be gained by soaking macadamias... I kind of think of them like coconuts. Good Luck!

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on July 12, 2011
at 01:32 AM

Where oh where did you find this sale? I'm in the USA and I would have to order 100 kg from Africa to get a good deal.

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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on June 24, 2011
at 01:29 PM

Welllll, maybe, but not 10#. If I could find macadamias coated in 95%-100% cocaco chocolate I'd be a happy camper tho.

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on June 22, 2011
at 02:44 PM

as a kid in Hawaii I visited a mac nut farm. They had crackers like vices available for you to crack ones you picked up walking around. That was a cool learning experience. Sadly, I went back a couple years ago and they had no crackers available, but they had 10# bags of not-quite-perfect chocolate covered nuts available for like $5. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm (even paleos can appreciate choc mac nuts, right?)

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on June 18, 2011
at 01:49 PM

Quilt- Enjoy the high omega 3 content of macadamias? Yet again, I can't tell if you're joking or just making stuff up. Macadamia has one of the lowest omega-3 levels of any paleo fat source. 16.5 grams monounsaturated, 3.4 grams saturated, and 0.058 grams of omega-3.

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on June 03, 2011
at 06:56 PM

Macadamias, like avocados, olives, almonds and pigs are mostly mono-unsaturated fat which is quite resistant to oxidation.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on June 03, 2011
at 02:15 PM

guess its a trade off, because these buggers are impossible to crack otherwise. I think i'll stay away from them in the shells from now on. I cracked my stone counter top in the process of pounding......errrr

Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

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on June 03, 2011
at 01:41 PM

popping them in th eoven ruins the omega three value.....bad choice. Work like a cave women. Good exercise and you enjoy high omega three.

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:13 PM

actually the hammer is like a rock that a very hungry cavemen might have used....poor thing, he would have starved!!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 05, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I so missed that question, thank you! In a nutshell....buy them shelled!!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:11 PM

ok, pulled them out of the oven, i'm an apt dweller and we're in rainy season, actually been raining for almost a year straight! not much sun unless I take them on vacation! lol.. I got a few more out of the shells, I think the new policy will be if you eat one you must shell 2!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:10 PM

I'm starting to think returning them will actually be where the savings come!

2f931662684a7747be36255c8b486228

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on May 05, 2011
at 07:04 PM

Wow, more saving money impluses? I do that too often, buy wholesale quantities of things and then realize I can't possibly use them before expiration. I am still polishing my furniture with pure shea butter. Have to use kilos of flax seed before it expires in my pantry. Is it only we women that HAVE TO SAVE the last penny?

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on May 05, 2011
at 06:09 PM

Smooth and I think they're even somewhat buttery tasting! Mmmmm!

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on May 05, 2011
at 05:44 PM

Had to laugh out loud at this one. Proof positive that our ancestors were not gorging on nuts like I do.

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5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

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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!

35b6ce9b7f9dda8d40d3e6a1812ab0a9

(439)

on June 22, 2011
at 02:44 PM

as a kid in Hawaii I visited a mac nut farm. They had crackers like vices available for you to crack ones you picked up walking around. That was a cool learning experience. Sadly, I went back a couple years ago and they had no crackers available, but they had 10# bags of not-quite-perfect chocolate covered nuts available for like $5. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm (even paleos can appreciate choc mac nuts, right?)

5de2fffda92c0bf2be7ede10cad55546

(1781)

on June 24, 2011
at 01:29 PM

Welllll, maybe, but not 10#. If I could find macadamias coated in 95%-100% cocaco chocolate I'd be a happy camper tho.

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Cf4576cbcc44fc7f2294135609bce9e5

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.

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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.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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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.

922038b6c0ca6a051cc4858218931456

(392)

on May 05, 2011
at 06:09 PM

Smooth and I think they're even somewhat buttery tasting! Mmmmm!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 05, 2011
at 07:11 PM

ok, pulled them out of the oven, i'm an apt dweller and we're in rainy season, actually been raining for almost a year straight! not much sun unless I take them on vacation! lol.. I got a few more out of the shells, I think the new policy will be if you eat one you must shell 2!

345c1755efe005edd162b770dc6fb821

(8767)

on May 05, 2011
at 07:13 PM

I so missed that question, thank you! In a nutshell....buy them shelled!!

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