Can you crack walnuts? Do they disintegrate or stay in chunks?
Interesting question. I have gotten into the habit of buying huge containers of shelled nuts and storing them in the freezer. But once upon a time…
My mother taught me to open walnuts by inserting a knife tip between the two halves and twisting it. Depending on the nut — its ripeness, its dryness — I could usually get at least one perfect half out of the shell.
I don’t particularly like walnuts (or many other tree nuts – just almonds and cashews), so I don’t shell them. I do know how to shell pecans.
I can crack walnuts and whether they stay whole or disintegrate depends on how old they are.
I haven’t cracked a walnut in a long time. We eat (and cook/bake with) A LOT of walnuts, pecans, and almonds here and buy them already shelled.
However, I would love to know the best way to crack hazelnuts. For me, it’s the ultimate “tough nut to crack!”
I can crack walnuts and I am pretty good about keeping them somewhat whole.
I’m terrible at it.
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