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Old 12-22-2007, 09:02 PM
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Stupid Brazil Nuts

Any of ya'll know a good way to get the nut out of the shell in one piece?
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:26 PM
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Buy them in a tin, take the lid off, take off the protective seal.
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Old 12-22-2007, 10:55 PM
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Is there an easy way to crack Brazil nuts?
You bet. To get a non-broken kernel from Brazil nuts, freeze them 24 hours prior to cracking.
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Freeze nuts, especially Brazil nuts, or soak them in water for several hours before cracking.

Step Two
Stand frozen nuts with the point facing up and hit with a hard object, such as a hammer, to crack.
I've never tried this.

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Old 12-22-2007, 11:02 PM
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Here's a nice picture of a man holding some Brazil nut fruits.
If you chop the fruit open, it looks like this.

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Old 12-22-2007, 11:14 PM
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Stand frozen nuts with the point facing up and hit with a hard object, such as a hammer, to crack.

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Old 12-22-2007, 11:32 PM
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If you chop the fruit open, it looks like this.
Lots of interesting pics there. And the girl with the short hair is cute.
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Old 12-22-2007, 11:41 PM
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Just in case you are not a fan of House The National Institute of Health says:

Selenium content of foods can vary. For example, Brazil nuts may contain as much as 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce. They also may contain far less selenium. It is wise to eat Brazil nuts only occasionally because of their unusually high intake of selenium.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:07 AM
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I stand ready to test the freeze, stand on end and smack with a hammer theory, in order to fight ignorance. I'll get back when I have the opportunity.
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Old 12-23-2007, 06:03 AM
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I am gonna go freeze my nuts right now...I'll report back soon.
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Old 12-23-2007, 08:56 AM
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Here's a nice picture of a man holding some Brazil nut fruits.
If you chop the fruit open, it looks like this.
The first picture looks like it should be captioned "Why yes these are my nuts, why do you ask?"
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:11 AM
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Just in case you are not a fan of House The National Institute of Health says:

Selenium content of foods can vary. For example, Brazil nuts may contain as much as 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce. They also may contain far less selenium. It is wise to eat Brazil nuts only occasionally because of their unusually high intake of selenium.
They also concentrate radium. Some sources claim that Brazil nuts contain 1000 times the radium level of any other food item. I raise an eyebrow at that statement, but sources roughly agree (within an order of magnitude) about the actual levels:

http://www.orau.org/PTP/collection/c...brazilnuts.htm

pCi/g is picocuries/gram

The amount isn't enough to be dangerous with any reasonable amount of Brazil nuts in one's diet, particularly as you don't absorb most of the radium, but it is enough to measure, and claim that Brazil nuts are radioactive.

This article places it in the context of normal amount of long-lived radionuclides ingested per year:

http://www.defra.gov.uk/environment/...ct/radfood.htm

(If you live on a steady diet of shellfish and Brazil nuts, maybe you got a problem.)
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:30 AM
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For the last three years it's been impossible to buy Brazil nuts in their shells in the UK. This is because of the perceived risk of carcinogenic agents which could be present in the shells. As the cost of testing each batch of nuts for this agent is considered too high by the importers, we can only buy shelled nuts.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:04 PM
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Selenium content of foods can vary. For example, Brazil nuts may contain as much as 544 micrograms of selenium per ounce. They also may contain far less selenium. It is wise to eat Brazil nuts only occasionally because of their unusually high intake of selenium.
Yes, be careful. If you become over-saleened, you may wake up and find you've purchased a loud, growly Mustang.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:06 PM
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This style of nutcracker will open a Brazil nut without breaking the meat.
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:29 PM
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Froze 'em for about 3 hours.Works great! All but 2 came out in one piece.Hooray!

Now about all this radium and selenium...I eat quite a few of these things.Am I gonna get super powers? What kind of powers would someone get from a brazil nut? Or should I cut down on eating so many?
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:01 PM
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Any of ya'll know a good way to get the nut out of the shell in one piece?
Congratulations. I Googled this, so by golly I'm going to post it. I use this kind of nutcracker.
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:10 PM
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Froze 'em for about 3 hours.Works great! All but 2 came out in one piece.Hooray!

Now about all this radium and selenium...I eat quite a few of these things.Am I gonna get super powers? What kind of powers would someone get from a brazil nut? Or should I cut down on eating so many?
You turn into the Hulk with a Portuguese accent ...

If the selenium caution is correct, that would be an issue long before the radium. The second link I gave indicates that eating 30-40 Brazil nuts/week might approximately double the amount of radionuclides you ingest from various sources, if you aren't doing anything else that increases your exposure. That's a LOT of Brazil nuts, and you probably have to get appreciably more than that to actually be dangerous.

OTOH, if you dine every night on shellfish and Brazil nuts in a basement apartment in Denver constructed from the native stone, serving them on pre-WWII red Fiestaware plates, by the light of a Coleman lantern with old thorium mantles ...
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:12 PM
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Selenium can be a really nasty poison...really nasty in what it does to you. There was an episode of "House" as mentioned by don't ask and there was also a movie about a man who slowly poisoned his wife with it (I think it was a Lifetime movie...I can almost picture Meridith Baxter Birney playing the part of the wife).

It can be found in electronics...mostly older ones as it's been phased out over the years. It used to be a main ingredient in photoconductors (drums) for copiers and laser printers because of it's conductivity in the presence of bright light.

Wikipedia link
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Old 12-23-2007, 01:37 PM
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For the last three years it's been impossible to buy Brazil nuts in their shells in the UK.
. . . or anywhere in the European Union.

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Old 12-23-2007, 03:53 PM
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As the cost of testing each batch of nuts for this agent is considered too high by the importers, we can only buy shelled nuts.
I don't quite get this. If the selenium is in the shells, and we don't eat the shells, why does it matter who shells them?
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Old 12-23-2007, 04:12 PM
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I don't quite get this. If the selenium is in the shells, and we don't eat the shells, why does it matter who shells them?
Nobody said the selenium was in the shells - that ban was a separate issue brought up by Rayne Man. The edible part is indeed extremely high in selenium, radium and barium, which are concentrated by the tree.

The issue with the shells seems to be aflatoxins, which are produced by a fungus which grows on the nuts. They apparently think the fungus on the shells can contaminate the whole nut:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/4065611.stm
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Old 12-24-2007, 11:48 AM
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They apparently think the fungus on the shells can contaminate the whole nut...
As suggested by the OP it can be difficult to get all the shell off the meat. I recall as a kid just bashing the thing with a hammer, then putting the pieces in my mouth and gnawing the meat from the shell fragment, spitting out the shell like sunflower seed hulls. This thread is the first I have ever heard of any risk.

Thanks to the OP for starting the thread. Brazil nuts (by their non-PC name) were a Christmas staple when I was growing up.
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Old 12-24-2007, 12:35 PM
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Brazil nuts (by their non-PC name) were a Christmas staple when I was growing up.
Here, too. Mama was from Tennessee. Where did you hear that name used?
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Old 12-24-2007, 04:43 PM
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Here, too. Mama was from Tennessee. Where did you hear that name used?
Up until I was about 15, I had never heard the term "Brazil Nut", but I knew what it was.
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Old 12-24-2007, 04:55 PM
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Urban Dictionary has the definition I always heard growing up in northwest Oklahoma; brazil nut
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Old 12-24-2007, 05:35 PM
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Urban Dictionary
I feel somewhat better that I have never heard of some of those terms.
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Old 12-24-2007, 09:30 PM
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Now about all this radium and selenium...I eat quite a few of these things.Am I gonna get super powers? What kind of powers would someone get from a brazil nut? Or should I cut down on eating so many?

Duh! Didn't you look at the photo of that guy that Squink posted?
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:56 AM
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Urban Dictionary has the definition I always heard growing up in northwest Oklahoma; brazil nut
That's what we called them here in South Texas when I was young, but certainly not PC these days!
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Old 01-09-2008, 07:34 PM
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Congratulations. I Googled this, so by golly I'm going to post it. I use this kind of nutcracker.
I hope I'm not too late, but I sent off for one of these at the time of this thread, and it came yesterday. I must say it works good with all my nuts (walnuts, hazelnuts, and frozen brazil nuts) so far. There are other styles on this site.
By being careful, I was able to get all the brazils out whole.
Besides, it's cool in a crude way.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:09 PM
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Buy them in a tin, take the lid off, take off the protective seal.
Silly question I know, but do you need to shop for them at a certain type of store? I love Brazil nuts, but don't recall ever seeing tins of unshelled nuts sold at the supermarket. I know Diamond sells the in-shell kind by themselves in bags, but I only encounter them unshelled in tins of mixed nuts.

Now that I think about it, this may actually be a good thing; otherwise I would probably be dead from selenium poisoning by now. I do love those Brazil nuts.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:16 PM
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Silly question I know, but do you need to shop for them at a certain type of store? I love Brazil nuts, but don't recall ever seeing tins of unshelled nuts sold at the supermarket.
Trader Joe's usually has whole shelled Brazil nuts, in a bag.
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Old 01-09-2008, 10:55 PM
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Here, too. Mama was from Tennessee. Where did you hear that name used?
I was raised in Denver, CO. Parents grew up in Grand Junction, CO. It wasn't really a racial thing, just what they were called.
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Old 01-09-2008, 11:22 PM
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That's also the name that I knew...completely without context...just a name.
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Old 01-10-2008, 12:09 AM
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In pennsylvania here. That was also the name I heard when I was young. Took me a long time to find out the proper name as I didn't like calling them by the slang name.
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:40 AM
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I grew up in Bakersfield, CA. We (white people) called them "that" too, but the name definitely had racial connotations. Ask somebody why they used that term.
When kids heard the word, they'd think of black people's feet.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:08 AM
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All I ever heard growing up in central Oklahoma (60s & 70s) was "brazil nut". I was adult before I heard the other term.
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Old 01-10-2008, 09:37 AM
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In Brazil, they call them "nuts" [/simpsons]
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:07 AM
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Any of ya'll know a good way to get the nut out of the shell in one piece?
Enlist the services of a hyacinthine macaw, as those are what eats them in the wild. The birds seem to extract the nut with no problem.

Of course, you will then have the problem of extracting the nut from the bird's grasp....
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Old 01-10-2008, 10:14 AM
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Enlist the services of a hyacinthine macaw, as those are what eats them in the wild. The birds seem to extract the nut with no problem.

Of course, you will then have the problem of extracting the nut from the bird's grasp....
Freeze the macaw 24 hours before cracking
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:52 PM
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Freeze the macaw 24 hours before cracking
Sure. You put him (her) in the freezer.
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Old 01-10-2008, 03:37 PM
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Hyacinths are the macaws whose bite is strong enough to tear apart a wrought-iron cage, aren't they?

If that's my other choice, then I think I prefer my nuts just the way they are.
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:22 AM
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Now that the GQ has been answered, I just wanted to say I came here from Threadspotting on the front page, which was marked as being highly sensitive and not politically correct. (Yes, that made me curious.) But I don't get it. Is "nuts" the new "retard" or something?
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Old 01-14-2008, 10:46 AM
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Now that the GQ has been answered, I just wanted to say I came here from Threadspotting on the front page, which was marked as being highly sensitive and not politically correct. (Yes, that made me curious.) But I don't get it. Is "nuts" the new "retard" or something?
The problem is likely around mention of the idiotic (way beyond "PC") slang name for brazil nuts.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:12 AM
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How long before someone posts the name that everybody I know used to call Brazil nuts. Nobody calls them that any more.
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Old 01-14-2008, 11:43 AM
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How long before someone posts the name that everybody I know used to call Brazil nuts. Nobody calls them that any more.
I've heard they use to be called "n****r toes" though I never heard them called that while growing up in New England (we did have "N" babies though, made of licorice).
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Old 01-14-2008, 12:27 PM
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How long before someone posts the name that everybody I know used to call Brazil nuts. Nobody calls them that any more.
Did any of those people you knew have toes that actually looked like brazil nuts?
I knew lots of black people, many of whom called each other "N", but few called the nuts that and none had toes that even sorta resembled the nuts.
Hi, Biggirl. I haven't heard from you in a while.
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--We're back! Thank you, and welcome to the next round of White Folk Say the Darnedest Things! For those viewers just tuning in at home, here's how the game is played: each category features a topic with a Word (or Phrase) to Avoid. Contestants must attempt to describe the topic without using that word or phrase, and our celebrity panel will try to guess what they're saying.

As always, racism must not be mentioned; contestants must instead substitute a euphemism such as "offensive" or "non-PC." There were no winners last round, so we'll continue on with the category "Stupid Brazil Nuts."

In just a moment, the Phrase to Avoid will flash at the bottom of your screens! Once again, the category is... "Stupid Brazil Nuts."

THE PHRASE TO AVOID IS:

SPOILER:
NIGGER-TOES.

Brazil nuts were also known as "NIGGER-TOES."
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Old 01-14-2008, 01:54 PM
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--We're back! Thank you, and welcome to the next round of White Folk Say the Darnedest Things! For those viewers just tuning in at home, here's how the game is played: each category features a topic with a Word (or Phrase) to Avoid. Contestants must attempt to describe the topic without using that word or phrase, and our celebrity panel will try to guess what they're saying.

As always, racism must not be mentioned; contestants must instead substitute a euphemism such as "offensive" or "non-PC." There were no winners last round, so we'll continue on with the category "Stupid Brazil Nuts."

In just a moment, the Phrase to Avoid will flash at the bottom of your screens! Once again, the category is... "Stupid Brazil Nuts."

THE PHRASE TO AVOID IS:

SPOILER:
NIGGER-TOES.

Brazil nuts were also known as "NIGGER-TOES."
Ah! Yet another euphemism thinly disguised as a "spoiler". Albeit a hyphenated one.
Sorry, folks, no winner yet.
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:23 PM
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Don't mind me, I'm just waiting to see if that is considered to be funny.
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Old 01-14-2008, 02:59 PM
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I don't think anyone considers it to be funny. It is non-PC and an offensive name, however, I don't know if it is inherently racist. Is it racist to use the n-word regardless of the context? In this context it clearly refers to the color of the shells, and nothing more. It is not used in a derogatory sense, what I mean is, it is not saying that the nuts are "bad" in any way. Is it still racist just because of the name? Or is it merely offensive and inappropriate?
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