Christmas nuts

There’s a crucial difference between nuts you crack yourself, be they walnuts, brazils or hazelnuts, and the pre-shelled ones that come in packets.  It is that the shop-bought shelled ones tend to dry out and are much less oily, and it is the oiliness of fresh-cracked nuts that constitutes much of their appeal.  Note that I use a screw cracker, the only one I’ve found that’s good at extracting brazil nuts whole from their shells…

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