How to Peel Pine Nuts

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Pine nuts take up to 18 months to mature, making them a little more pricey than other nuts.These nuts are just as nutritious as other nuts but can a great addition to almost any meal. They add a bit of crunch and texture which makes them a great addition to pastas and salads. They are very versatile because they are also great plain and in desert.

Things You'll Need

  • Rolling pin
  • Terry cloth
  • Place the pine nut on a terry cloth and use a rolling pin to remove the shell from the nut. Roll the rolling pin back and forth over the towel. This motion should cause the shell to stick the cloth, leaving behind a perfectly peeled pine nut.

  • Peel the nut in your hands in a similar manner to snapping your fingers. Place the large end of the nut in-between your thumb and forefinger, gently press on the shell while you roll it between the thumb and forefinger. This should take off the soft-shell almost immediately.

  • Open the shell by mouth if you are consuming the pine nut as a snack. You can place the pine nut with the shell still on it in your mouth and use your teeth to snap open the shell just like you would with a sunflower seed.

Tips & Warnings

  • When removing the shell with your teeth be careful not to swallow it.

References

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