How do they de shell postachios?

If you have one pistachio nut that has only opened a tiny bit, you may 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. With a firm grip, twist the shell either to the right or left — it doesn’t matter — just like you would a screwdriver. You’ll be amazed to see how easily the clamed-up pistachio shell opens right up.

Large companies use shelling machines for shelling all kinds of hard shell nuts.

Once shelled, pistachios have a thin skin on the nut that sometimes needs to be removed for the purposes of a recipe. The skin is perfectly edible, but it can mar the texture of pureed pistachios, and it can take away from the nut’s lovely, distinctive green color.

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