How to Open Pistachio Nuts that Just Won’t Open
You can often find me making pistachio biscotti when I’m not making chocolate dipped or salted caramel macaroons. I like to put a ton of pistachios in my biscotti, which means that I’m inevitably faced with a whole lot of nuts that just won’t open. As anyone who’s ever eaten pistachios knows, it’s a real pain in the ass to deal with the ones that won’t open. Broken finger nails, gouged cuticles – broken teeth, even – it’s just not fun. I’ve tried lots of ways to open these unopenable ones, and this, by far, is the easiest way to open pistachio nuts.
Step 1: Find some pistachios that won’t open
Step 2: Grab half of an already opened pistachio shell and press it up against the crack in your unopenable pistachio
Step 3: Push the half shell into your previously unopenable pistachio, working it around – not through – the nut meat.
You want to slide it up and over (or down and under) the meat inside, almost as if you were opening an oyster.
Step 4: Eat your previously impossible-to-eat pistachio nut!
With a little bit of ingenuity, you’ll get a few more nuts out of every batch of pistachios. However, I’ve got no easy answer for the ones that don’t have at least a little crack in them….