Is it squirrels? They must use squirrels.
November 29, 2011 8:01 AM Subscribe
If I buy a can of mixed nuts, I find whole Brazil nuts inside. If I buy Brazil nuts in the shell and open them myself, I invariably end up with a pile of smashed oily nut-meat with chunks still stuck to the shell. How, dear AskMe, do those magicians at the factory manage to open Brazil nuts and extract them whole? This question has driven me nuts (ha ha) for years.
posted by caution live frogs to food & drink (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
Almonds almost always come out whole, and with hazelnuts I can go nearly 50/50; once in a while I can open a walnut and extract a whole half nut, and with pecans it's more likely than not. So it makes sense that with practice anyone could get good at extracting all of these. But Brazil nuts? In 30+ years of trying I don't think I have ever managed to get a whole one. The little bastards always smash, or stick to the shell, no matter what I do. Can anyone enlighten me? Surely someone here knows the dirty little secret the nut industry doesn't want us to find out about, right?