How to Open Pistachios with a Coin

How to Open Pistachios with a Coin

Pistachios, a member of the cashew family, are a delicious nut. However, they have a very hard shell which can be difficult to open with your bare hands and fingers. A coin is one of the simplest and most inexpensive tools for opening a pistachio shell. This coin method works only if the roasted pistachio has a small gap between the two halves of the shell.

Steps

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1
Grip a single pistachio between your thumb and your curled index finger.
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2
Turn the shell so that you can easily insert a thin metal coin into the gap between the two halves of the shell.
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3
Choose a clean coin that will fit into the gap of the shell. If necessary, sanitize the coin as you would any other utensil that will come into contact with your food.
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4
Insert the coin into the gap between the two halves of the shell.
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5
Twist the coin as a lever to separate the two halves of the shell. Enjoy your liberated pistachio kernel.
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