Hard Nut to Crack

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Don’t break a tooth trying to crack a barely open pistachio. It’s not ripe, anyway. However, if you feel compelled to eat it, you can pop it open with the help of a used shell. Pry the pointed end of the used shell into the slight opening in the pistachio, and twist. How pistachios ripen, pg. 134 in 12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets.

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12,167 Kitchen and Cooking Secrets

Paperback, 704 pages
Publisher: Robert Rose

In thousands of entries on every aspect of cooking and baking, Susan Sampson provides expert information that is indispensable in any kitchen, including: keeping produce safe from spoilage, protecting equipment from nasty bacteria, shortcuts, embellishments, restaurant tricks, presentation tips, party planning and recipe development.

Whether just browsing or desperately trying to solve a vexing emergency, every home cook will treasure this book.

Susan Sampson (a.k.a. The Fare Lady) is an award-winning food writer and recipe developer who lives in Toronto.