Because they are so hard to shell, macadamia nuts are often bought pre-shelled. Buy from a store where you can guarantee high turnover of product as shelled nuts deteriorate more quickly than unshelled. Similarly, roasted nuts deteriorate quite quickly. Buy raw nuts that are well-shaped and uniformly light in colour. Those available in vacuum-packed jars or cans will stay fresher longer.
Shelled nuts will keep well in the refrigerator in a tightly sealed container for up to two months. Unshelled macadamias will keep for up to one year at room temperature.
Tips & Tricks:
Unshelled macadamias can be opened with a special nutcracker designed for macadamia nuts.
One serve of macadamias is equal to about 10 nuts.
Roast your own macadamias in the oven by laying them on a baking sheet, sprinkle with fine ground sea salt and roast at 180C, turning regularly until they brown slightly.