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Got the WRONG kind Roasted Macadamia Nuts

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 22, 2011 at 8:36 PM

I recently ordered two 1lb roasted unsalted macadamia nuts online, only to find out they're roasted with cottonseed oil/canola oil SHUDDER I was like CRAP. Can't return it since I already opened one bag and returning one small bag would be a big hassle. I can't toss it away either they're pricey stuff!!

What should I do? I am finally happy to get my hands on mac nuts for my snacks but bummer I didn't read the label careful enough :(

Any suggestions?? Thanks!

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 24, 2011
at 02:52 PM

thanks Tom! I didn't realize the slang would gain so much attention. chock sounds more like how it should be spelled. i think it's the rebellious side in me. chalk just makes me think of a gradeschool greenboard, or hopscotch.

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on February 24, 2011
at 02:59 AM

I'd probably eat them, but an up-vote for the "chock (chalk?) it up" reference. Like it.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on February 24, 2011
at 01:18 AM

I soaked them for about 16 to 18 hours, they were all completely covered in room temperature water. As I said, they were not soggy, they were only soft.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 23, 2011
at 10:51 PM

ok then i'm not sure what you could have possibly done. every single time i soak almonds for 24 hours, they completely soak up all of the water. it would be like eating a spounge almost. maybe you didn't fully emerse them in water? maybe you didn't soak them for the full 24 hours? anyway best of luck to you :)

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on February 23, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Jack - the raw almonds I soaked did NOT "puff up with the water and be soft and soggy". The textured changed a bit; but they were not soggy by any stretch; they were a softer, that is all. There was no need to put them in the oven. I may well put them in the oven next time; but not to dehydrate them (they were not soggy); I just like crunchy nuts.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 23, 2011
at 07:45 PM

terrence... if you soak nuts in water overnight (and you should), they will puff up with the water and be soft and soggy. you need to dry/dehydrate them until they are completely dry of all moisture. moisture will cause the nuts to go bad. i dry mine for at least 24 hours at about 110-120 degrees. see my comment from here for full instructions: http://paleohacks.com/questions/12925/is-almond-butter-ok-on-the-paleo-diet#axzz1EnmYI3NG .

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

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on February 23, 2011
at 06:49 PM

I haven't tried it as yet but shouldn't be a problem. I washed salted cashews before (pre-Primal days) cause they were waaay too salty and it worked. The key is to wash it prior eating, otherwise it'll be soggy the next day.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on February 23, 2011
at 06:39 PM

After soaking the nuts for awhile, you might see some oil on top of the water - a good sign. BTW, I should add that thew texture of the almonds was very different (softer) after the soaking - next time I will spread some out on a cookie sheet and put them in a warm oven for a while to crisp them up.

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:36 PM

if you're all about extreme solutions like I am, go to alibaba.com and order 100 kg (220 lb) shipment from somewhere like India. I plan to do this once I research the possible pitfalls

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

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on February 23, 2011
at 05:25 PM

I did this to some raw almonds, but not to get oil out of them. I read that doing it will remove something (I forget exactly what) that many people cannot digest. So I tried it; the nuts were very different, unlike any other almonds I have every had. But they were VERY good. From the way the almonds changed, I would expect it would remove oil, certainly any on the surface of the nuts.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Thanks Jack! :)

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:55 AM

jos did you tried it?

8d7eb02fef2eca1a2c418d5f6ed02d8e

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on February 23, 2011
at 03:36 AM

Melissa - Nutty Guys has whole raw macadamias at a reasonable price: http://www.nuttyguys.com/Macadamias-Raw-Whole-P1029C68.aspx I've ordered several types of nuts from them and always been happy...

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 23, 2011
at 03:15 AM

thanks melissa. hey congrats on your success with paleo :)

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:40 AM

I bet you never forget the giblet bag again!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Yeah I know.. Just went and bought a new one. :(

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Oh no! That sucks!

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Lol, nah... I couldn't do it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:05 AM

Weird, I upvoted you. I think it may have just been the flippancy of your answer maybe? And not everyone may know what you mean by "chock it up", but I did.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 23, 2011
at 12:54 AM

While we're here, does anyone have links to GOOD macadamia nut choices?

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

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on February 23, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Dude. Did you eat the chicken with the plastic bag cooked in it?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 23, 2011
at 12:48 AM

why the negative point? i'm being serious. the question is "what should I do... Any suggestions? If it were me, I would ditch the whole batch and chock it up as a learning lesson. I definitely would not eat nuts roasted in cottonseed oil.

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1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on February 22, 2011
at 10:22 PM

I would soak some in water overnight; in the morning I would spread them out on a towel (one layer thick) and let them air dry.

When they are dried, if they don't feel oily and they taste OKAY, I would give the others the same treatment.

I still might not eat a lot of them all at once.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on February 23, 2011
at 07:57 PM

Jack - the raw almonds I soaked did NOT "puff up with the water and be soft and soggy". The textured changed a bit; but they were not soggy by any stretch; they were a softer, that is all. There was no need to put them in the oven. I may well put them in the oven next time; but not to dehydrate them (they were not soggy); I just like crunchy nuts.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 23, 2011
at 11:55 AM

jos did you tried it?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 23, 2011
at 10:51 PM

ok then i'm not sure what you could have possibly done. every single time i soak almonds for 24 hours, they completely soak up all of the water. it would be like eating a spounge almost. maybe you didn't fully emerse them in water? maybe you didn't soak them for the full 24 hours? anyway best of luck to you :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 23, 2011
at 07:45 PM

terrence... if you soak nuts in water overnight (and you should), they will puff up with the water and be soft and soggy. you need to dry/dehydrate them until they are completely dry of all moisture. moisture will cause the nuts to go bad. i dry mine for at least 24 hours at about 110-120 degrees. see my comment from here for full instructions: http://paleohacks.com/questions/12925/is-almond-butter-ok-on-the-paleo-diet#axzz1EnmYI3NG .

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on February 23, 2011
at 05:25 PM

I did this to some raw almonds, but not to get oil out of them. I read that doing it will remove something (I forget exactly what) that many people cannot digest. So I tried it; the nuts were very different, unlike any other almonds I have every had. But they were VERY good. From the way the almonds changed, I would expect it would remove oil, certainly any on the surface of the nuts.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on February 24, 2011
at 01:18 AM

I soaked them for about 16 to 18 hours, they were all completely covered in room temperature water. As I said, they were not soggy, they were only soft.

58cc17a77bca6e503dcf6bf6471b76a1

(478)

on February 23, 2011
at 06:49 PM

I haven't tried it as yet but shouldn't be a problem. I washed salted cashews before (pre-Primal days) cause they were waaay too salty and it worked. The key is to wash it prior eating, otherwise it'll be soggy the next day.

1f96ce108240f19345c05704c7709dad

(1061)

on February 23, 2011
at 06:39 PM

After soaking the nuts for awhile, you might see some oil on top of the water - a good sign. BTW, I should add that thew texture of the almonds was very different (softer) after the soaking - next time I will spread some out on a cookie sheet and put them in a warm oven for a while to crisp them up.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on February 22, 2011
at 08:46 PM

I would just eat them. In fact, they would probably be gone by now.

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on February 22, 2011
at 08:49 PM

I'd feed them to squirrels slowly over time so the vegetable oil doesn't harm them too much.

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Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on February 22, 2011
at 10:25 PM

ditch em. chock it up.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 23, 2011
at 01:05 AM

Weird, I upvoted you. I think it may have just been the flippancy of your answer maybe? And not everyone may know what you mean by "chock it up", but I did.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 23, 2011
at 12:48 AM

why the negative point? i'm being serious. the question is "what should I do... Any suggestions? If it were me, I would ditch the whole batch and chock it up as a learning lesson. I definitely would not eat nuts roasted in cottonseed oil.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 23, 2011
at 03:15 AM

thanks melissa. hey congrats on your success with paleo :)

072fd69647b0e765bb4b11532569f16d

(3717)

on February 24, 2011
at 02:59 AM

I'd probably eat them, but an up-vote for the "chock (chalk?) it up" reference. Like it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 23, 2011
at 01:53 PM

Thanks Jack! :)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on February 24, 2011
at 02:52 PM

thanks Tom! I didn't realize the slang would gain so much attention. chock sounds more like how it should be spelled. i think it's the rebellious side in me. chalk just makes me think of a gradeschool greenboard, or hopscotch.

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5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

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on February 23, 2011
at 06:20 PM

I'd eat and move on. Unless you've got allergy issues with the oil, one bag's not going to kill you. Unless you're independently wealthy and can toss food left and right.

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B9f493c6bd3f4ed1724e705328d033fc

on February 23, 2011
at 01:02 PM

If you decide not to eat them, maybe you could bring that unopened bag into your workplace kitchen. It would be gone in a flash (at least at my workplace). Or, you could donate it to a food pantry -- often there's a bin for donations at a local major grocery store.

Another option for the open bag, offer it to a non paleo friend, particularly one who bakes, I think they would be happy to take it off your hands.

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:28 AM

I lived for over thirty years on SAD (or variations of it). I am eating a very healthy diet now. And I am on a very tight budget. I would eat a few and see if my stomach reacts... I can't afford throwing away things that are not completely off. I would use the idea about soaking or something like that, to make sure it has the least possible, and then eat, relaxed. I wouldn't buy them first... but if they are here, I don't like to be extreme. It's not like they are coated in flour or so (I do have 0% tolerance for gluten policy).

oh, and I buy my macademias from Amazon, raw in big 2Ibs bag and roast them myself. Delicious. Unfortunately it looks like the price went up. Really A LOT.

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7d64d3988de1b0e493aacf37843c5596

(2861)

on February 22, 2011
at 09:30 PM

Just a thought - maybe rinse in warm water and wipe thoroughly with a paper towel. It seems like the oil would mainly be on the exterior.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

(9812)

on February 23, 2011
at 06:52 PM

I'd still eat them; the soaking idea sounds good! I get Mauna Loa dry roasted macadamias at BJs- I think they're $8 a pound, and have no oil.

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7e1064164e012a1ead098098245b1cd4

(1217)

on February 22, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Well, if you can't toss them or return them, then I guess you have two options: keep them and eat them or give them away. Or perhaps keep them for SAD eating guests? I doubt they are salvageable in any way. Probably not what you wanted to hear!

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8f08fb03fc5c2f44b7d5357e8a3ab1c5

on February 23, 2011
at 05:40 PM

Worrying about this any more is probably going to increase your risk of stroke more than it will help your health through nutrition. I suggest you save them and eat them on the rare cheat/treat days that you may have. As a general observation that may not apply to you, stressing about things may be much worse for you than eating "junk" once in a while.

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on February 23, 2011
at 11:33 AM

Raw, unsalted, unroasted are what you're searching for.

That being said trash it is. You shall learn from this experience despite the "pain".

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on February 22, 2011
at 09:22 PM

I wouldn't dare put those in my mouth. The mere thought of that material entering my gut would cause enough regret, anger, and disappointment that it would create a cortisol response systemically. A terrible cascade of events just by consuming a few nuts.

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on February 22, 2011
at 09:01 PM

You can feed them to your pet hamster; that's what my daughter always did - along with fresh spinach and expensive cheese (yeah, I'm surprised she lived, too).

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50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 22, 2011
at 08:57 PM

If your anything like me, trying to eat them will cause second guessing, doubt etc.. I would probably toss, chalk it up to a learning experience.

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 23, 2011
at 02:10 AM

Yeah I know.. Just went and bought a new one. :(

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 23, 2011
at 01:54 AM

Oh no! That sucks!

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 23, 2011
at 12:53 AM

Dude. Did you eat the chicken with the plastic bag cooked in it?

50637dfd7dc7a7e811d82283f4f5fd10

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on February 23, 2011
at 01:12 AM

Lol, nah... I couldn't do it.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on February 23, 2011
at 02:40 AM

I bet you never forget the giblet bag again!

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