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Macadamia Nuts Cooking Tips

Ground macadamias may be used as a filler to stretch meat

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Macadamia Nuts

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Macadamia nut tips and hints

• Macadamia nuts can be substituted for other nuts measure for measure in most recipes and vice versa.

• Some recipes call for ground macadamia nuts. Simply put them in a food processor and pulse until desired consistency is achieved. Beware over-processing -- you'll end up with nut butter.

• If you do over-process, macadamia nut butter is delicious as a spread. Add a touch of vegetable oil and a bit of honey for smoothness and added flavor.

• Ground macadamia nuts can be used as a filler and flavor enhancer in ground meat, poultry and seafood dishes.

• Use ground nuts in pastry dough or sprinkle on the bottom of pie shells for a delightful change of taste.

• Toasting nuts before adding to the recipe will yield a brighter flavor.

• Always let toasted nuts cool down before grinding or chopping to prevent them from becoming oily or pasty in texture.

• To toast: Spread nuts in a single layer on a baking sheet. Place in 350-degree F. oven. Toast until golden, about 12 to 15 minutes. When using a toaster oven, cut the time in half.

• It's best to toast only what you need at the time as toasted nuts will not store as well as raw nuts.

• Macadamia nuts pair particularly well with coconut, chocolate, and fish.

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