Shelled Pistachios?

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  1. EricPeterson

    EricPeterson Member

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    So I subscribe to my uncle Tom's approach with pistachios: "you need the shell to slow you down." But when I was at costco recently I saw a large bag of shelled pistachios next to the in-shell, and they were around the same price, so it seems like a really good value and convenience.

    So how are they made? Are they shelled and then roasted, or roasted in shell and then shelled? Does any of this effect flavor?

    Inquiring minds want to know. :idea
     
  2. rumbletone

    rumbletone Silver Supporting Member

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    Dunno, but I buy them for cooking (pesto, pistachio-encrusted fish) - lot easier than shelling them. FWIW I (re)roast them in a pan prior to using them.
     
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    walterw Gold Supporting Member

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    i have to agree, something about having to "earn" each pistachio makes them taste better;

    shoving a fistful of already-shelled pistachios in your face all at once is just too much of a good thing.

    besides, i've read somewhere that the pre-shelled pistachios are obtained by iraqi workers popping them open one at a time with their teeth :barf
     
  5. ACfixer

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    What about the ones in the shell that aren't split? Chuck 'em in the trash or go for it? That's a tough shell.
     
  6. FFTT

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    I'm just glad they don't dye the shells red much any more.

    Agreed, shells slow you down or it would be easy to go through a pound of them.

    Shelled are intended for cooking and baking.

    I guess if you had nothing better to do, you could weigh the empty shells to see how much waste you're paying for.
     
  7. Guitar55

    Guitar55 Who was that masked man? Silver Supporting Member

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    I'm a pistachio addict. There, I've said it.
     
  8. FFTT

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    I get them once a year as a Christmas stocking stuffer.
     
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    i loved those.
     
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    Pistachios were harvested & sorted by hand. Oils from workers' fingers/hands would stain the shells. These prints & smudges were hidden by dying the nuts red (or green).

    After automation became the standard in harvesting & sorting, the dye was no longer needed. Some companies continue the tradition just because some people expect to see them that way.
     
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    Lespaulsignature 74 Silver Supporting Member

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    If you like pistachios you have to try some Zenobia Turkish Pistachios....they are the best tasting Pistachios I've ever had, you'll never want to eat another California pistachio after tasting a Zenobia!
     
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    I was in the Middle East, and grabbed a can of mixed nuts. It was positively evil. It had cashews, peanuts, and other standard mixed-nut fare----- mixed with pistachios in the shell. I couldn't mindlessly munch on them.
     
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    Truth.

    Heaven knows how many times I've burned through a salty pack of California's finest only to be thirsty for a week and full of regret, namely this very product form Trader Joe's....


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  14. Zingeroo

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    They're like the crack of the nut world.
     
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    Isn't it true that it takes a gallon of water for every almond and pistachio nut produced?

    I heard that figure on the radio during a show about the drought in CA. If it's true, then eschewing (ya - perfect word bonus!!!) those nuts may become a badge of honour soon.
     
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    Pistachio shells are like panties...
     
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    I'm not sure why anyone would want to deal with shells if they didn't have to. Do you shellophiles buy your other nuts in the shell and crack them with a nutcracker?

    Anyway, pistachio ice cream is the most underrated of all the flavors, IMHO. I love that stuff.
     
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    Are the Antep or Tiirt ? I could live on Turkish pistachios !
     
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    Same choice I had as a Costco shopper. I bought the shelled, big disappointment. :bitch They are roasted and this kills the vitamins and fundamentally changes the taste.

    I call it Pistachio fail. :jo
     
  20. buddyboy69

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    it never fails that the last one i eat is usually one of the bunk/rotten tasting kind and im left with that flavor instead of the entire bag of good ones i just downed.
     

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