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How do I cure already shelled green nutmeats?

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Nutmeats from hard-shelled nuts are usually "cured" in the shell, a necessary part of the process of obtaining a dry-flavored nutmeat (walnuts, pecans). If nuts are shelled before the nutmeat is cured, it will not have the characteristic flavor of that nut. If however, the nuts are shelled before curing, put them in a jar with a lid loosely attached. This allows the moisture to evaporate. Put the jar in the refrigerator (must be refrigerated or you risk mold formation and loss of the whole jar of nuts). It may take up to 45 days for the nuts to dry out sufficiently and to develop the flavor. If the flavor is not very nutty after this length of time, try roasting to improve them.

PREPARED BY: Angela M. Fraser, Ph.D., Associate Professor/Food Safety Specialist, and Carolyn J. Lackey, Ph.D., R.D., L.D.N., Professor/Food and Nutrition Specialist, North Carolina State University (August 2004)

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