Is there such thing as a pistachio opener?
The PistachiOpener is an elegantly simple device that uses a unique “splitting wedge” action to instantly open every pistachio that has even the slightest crack in the shell.
How do you easily open pistachios?
Simply slip the thin end of the single shell into the crack and give it a sharp twist—this should pop open the pistachio shell. Other good pistachio levers include a clean coin, a small computer-size screwdriver, a pocket-knife blade or a scissors’ tip. Psst! There’s even one specially designed tools for such a task.
What makes pistachio shells pop open?
The shell actually opens on its own during the growth process. As the pistachio nut grows, it expands until it pops its shell open. Sometimes, pistachio shells don’t open on their own. Often, this is caused by immature kernels that don’t grow properly.
How do you open pistachios without breaking your nails?
Next time you come across a pistachio that’s just barely cracked open, do not break your finger nails trying to get in. Instead, use half of an empty pistachio shell to leverage your way in. Stick the half pistachio shell into the tiny opening on the shut pistachio.
Can you use a nutcracker on pistachios?
Put the closed pistachio shell in the nutcracker, turning the shell so that the arms of the nutcracker rest along the ridge where the shell would normally open.
How do you Desalt salted pistachios?
I have rinsed salted nuts well in water to remove the excessive salt and then dried in the oven. Since salted nuts are already roasted, they don’t “roast again” very well at all (or in general behave like raw peanuts when cooked) but you can certainly rinse to remove excess salt and dry at low temperatures.
Are closed pistachios poisonous?
The pistachio shell itself is not poisonous, but it’s very important for the harvested fruit to be hulled and dried within a 24 hour period.
What nut is almost always sold shelled?
The cashew nut is actually a seed surrounded by a double shell. The shell contains oils related to the same chemical in poison ivy that causes skin rashes, according to The Nutcracker Museum.
Why are pistachios dyed green?
Pistachios look great on the Christmas table (as well as all kinds of dishes), thanks to their many shades of green. The green colouring comes from the natural plant pigment, chlorophyll, which is the same green pigment found in fruits and vegetables like peas, cucumber and celery.
Can you use pistachio shells for anything?
Shells from salted pistachios can also be placed around the base of plants to deter slugs and snails. Many craft uses for the shells include holiday tree ornaments, jewelry, mosaics and rattles. Research indicates that pistachio shells may be helpful in cleaning up pollution created by mercury emissions.
Can dogs eat pistachios?
The bottom line is that pistachios aren’t toxic for dogs. For one, pistachios have a very high fat content. Dogs benefit from a high protein, low carb and low fat diet. So, even a few pistachios here and there can put them at risk for weight problems leading to obesity and pancreatitis.