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An Egg DownunderAn Egg Downunder Posts: 152
edited 1:39AM in EggHead Forum
<p />It wasn't the Labor Day holiday weekend in Australia (that happened in May) but Sunday was Father's Day. My 80-year-old parents joined us for a bbq lunch. My father has always loved nuts so I decided to do some on the egg as a pre-lunch snack.[p]I used fresh (unsalted) macadamias and cashews (the macadamias were grown in our backyard). I mixed a little sriracha sauce with the nuts to form a 'glue' for the rub which was very simple (black pepper, salt, paprika, dried garlic and onion).[p]I sprinkled the rub over the nuts, spread them out on a pizza screen and cooked them on a raised grid at 250 for 1.5 hours over pecan wood until nicely 'tanned'. They were great - smoky, a little bit of bite from the chilli sauce and a nice rounded spice flavour.


  • An Egg Downunder,
    Looks and sounds great. Thanks for posting the recipe. I love nuts. (2:00 AM Central Time Here) [p]Spring "Tastes A Little Like Wild Hickory Nuts" Chicken
    Spring Texas USA

  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    An Egg Downunder,
    Macadamias have about the toughest shell I have ever seen! How do you crack them without mashing the nutmeat?[p]I have a friend with two trees and he gives me bags of the nuts, which I love, but they are almost impossible to crack.

  • BobS,
    I use a bench vise. Works like a charm.[p]TNW

    The Naked Whiz
  • The Naked Whiz,[p] Our Hyacinth Macaw did a great job with Maca..s, our other Macaws couldn't crack em. Made the mistake of throwing the empty shells up on our hillside ... BIG mistake ... permanent part of the landscape now.[p]Tom B (EggSport)

  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    The Naked Whiz,
    Good idea, cause a hammer just does not do the trick. Now all I need is a bench vice. I am going to see if I can find a small one that will mount on the edge of a cabinet top, kind of like a manual grinder....

  • BGEmacanut.JPG
    <p />BobS,[p]The macadamia is an Austalian native tree and it is still widely known in this country as 'the Queensland Nut'.[p]Most of us with Qld nut trees have small, sturdy metal devices that hold the nut securely at the top and bottom. Pressure is then increased until a crack appears. [p]After a bit of practice you can get a 70% plus yield of whole kernels.[p]My old Labrador - Fatboy - was able to crack them with his jaw![p]
  • Tom B (EggSport),[p]A suggestion - try using the shells for smoking.
  • An Egg Downunder,[p]Cute. All you need is a head on top and it's a "nutcracker sweet!"
  • RRPRRP Posts: 18,389
    <p />BobS,
    I use this unit on all kinds of nuts. With the leverage and plunger action it delivers increditable crushing force, yet since it is easily adjustable to the size of nut you are cracking you quickly learn how to get most nut meats out whole. I will admit though nuts with a strong internal shell structure such as black walnuts and hickory nuts I've learned to quarter them using my band saw!

    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • RRP, Now there is a novel idea. I have seen walnuts cut crosswise and used for buttons, but I would not have thought to cut them up with a bandsaw to get at the kernels. I am a hobby woodworker with two bandsaws and there are plenty of nuts this year so I will give your system a try. How many finger do you have?[p]Bill

  • RRPRRP Posts: 18,389
    LOL - all 3 of them!
    I used to whack nuts in my workshop, but flying debris always ended UNDER everthing and that encouraged undesirables to move indoors! So using two hands in a steady grip on both sides of the band saw blade it works fairly well. I just wipe my blade from time to time. Of course be aware the nut meats will be in small pieces due to digging them out with a pick.

    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • An Egg ownunder,[p] Hmmmmmmmm ..... always a bigger fish ! Can't hurt to try.[p]Tom B (EggSport)[p]
  • BobSBobS Posts: 2,485
    An Egg Downunder,[p]That is very interesting -- I am going to get a couple of those made!!![p]
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