Can You Rinse Salt Off Pistachios?
If you prefer, yes. You’d be better off buying it unaltered because the salt has penetrated the nut flesh. But it might be nice to see a dash of salty in the middle of the sweet.
Since salted nuts are already roasted, they don’t “roast again” very well (or in general behave like raw peanutsraw peanuts)The peanut (Arachis hypogaea), also known as the groundnut, goober (US), pindar (US), or monkey nut (UK), is a legume crop grown mainly for its edible seeds. It is widely distributed in the tropics and subtropics, making it useful to both small and large commercial producers. wikipedia.org/wiki/Peanut.
You can taste as you go when you cook, much like when you bake, and in fact many savory recipes advise you to “add salt to taste.” If a recipe calls for unsalted butter but you add salted, you will be able to taste the dish’s saltiness and then add as little, or as much, extra salt as you like.
How to unsalt nuts that are too salty. Here are two ways to de-salt nuts if you’ve accidentally added too much salt to them. You can either shake the salt off or soak the nuts in water.
Always rinse your nuts. A Modern Homestead tip is to plop your nuts in a bowl of water and scrub the nuts together to remove any dirt that has accumulated on the floor. As suggested by eHow, you can also run cold water over the nuts in a sieve.
Dip the offending salt-pile nuts into a bowl of warm tap water. Mix them together a bit, then drain the water.
Nuts naturally contain a lot of phytic acid. Some of the phytic acid is broken down by “activating” nuts by soaking them in water and then dehydrating them at a low temperature.
Will salted nuts hurt squirrels?
Avoid feeding wildlife salted nuts or any other food. Although squirrels can tolerate a little bit of salt, their tiny kidneys are unable to filter out the equivalently large amount of salt contained in salted nuts.
Pistachio dangers are discussed below. Although raw pistachios contain little sodium (1 cup contains about 1 milligram), roasted pistachios contain less sodium, which are often salted. A cup of dry roasted pistachios with salt contains 526 milligrams of sodium. Too much sodium can result in elevated blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke.
Are salted pistachios OK for squirrels?
Yes, pistachios are safe for squirrels if eaten in moderation. One cup of dry roasted pistachios contains about 526 milligrams of sodium, which can be toxic to small animals.
To remove pistachio skins, first remove the nuts from the shells. Cover the nuts with boiling water and let them sit for two minutes. Drain the water and place the nuts in a dish towel. Rub them vigorously, the skins will fall off easily.
Drain the pistachio nuts and rinse with cold water. Place the pistachio nuts in small batches, a handful at a time, in the middle of a clean white kitchen towel (towels with a rougher surface work best). To loosen the skins, gently rub the nuts into the towel. Many will fade away.
Pistachios are available in salted or unsalted varieties. This will depend on how salty you like your cookies to be. I use salted butter. If you’re using a sweet chocolate like milk chocolate or white chocolate, salted pistachios might be the way to go.