View Full Version : If I can't have cashews
02-28-2007, 08:53 AM
and macs are WAY too expensive to buy more than about 1/2 cup at a time....what can I use for the "cheese sauces", desserts, etc. that call for macs. I usually use cashews instead of macs, HELP!
02-28-2007, 09:00 AM
Can't have cashews?!? Oh you poor thing! :( I don't know what I'd do without my 'shews!
Well, I guess you could use pine nuts or maybe even sesame seeds (maybe grind those up first just so they are sure to get well-blended) but just be aware that the flavor may taste differently, especially in desserts. Cheese sauces would probably be fine especially with using either pine nuts or sesame seeds since there ARE some cheese sauce recipes that use tahini and/or pine nuts anyway - but they usually also incorporate some of the other two (macs or 'shews)
Also, maybe you can use almonds that have been soaked and the skins removed...tedious process, I know...but removal of the skins may yield better results texture-wise by not being so grainy. For some thiings, walnuts may work too. I know I had to use walnuts once when I ran out of cashews and was making Alissa's crepes. It was different, but still good.
You can mail order macs in a 5 lb sampler for $4 a lb......
02-28-2007, 11:31 AM
you can use sunflowerseeds, or maybe ½ cashew ½ sunflowerseeds?
03-05-2007, 07:49 AM
Thanks ya'll! I guess I will have to consider the "taste" of the recipe to decide which other nut/seed to use. Probably a combo of sunflower seeds, pine nuts and maybe even walnuts. This could turn out some really interesting recipes. Thanks for the ideas.
Rawkinlocs....as for the almonds, I always soak, blanch, and peel mine before dehydrating them. I don't like the skins, so this is just something I do a HUGE batch at a time.....:D People think I'm strange when I have a dehydrated batch of almonds in a baggie (for a snack) and they say, "what did you do to these?" and then it's, "boy, that's alot of work for some nuts!" Oh well....this is life, but I LOVE dehydrated almonds.
Thanks again for the tips!
03-05-2007, 08:01 AM
Oh Yeah....thanks JGex! I checked out that site, and next payday, I'm ordering some of those! I can't believe the prices! I can't wait....I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Macs! I just never let myself by them because of the $17/lb. price tag! :eek: Thank YOU!!
Wendi (doing the happy dance! ~~***~~~)
03-05-2007, 08:28 AM
I also read somewhere that brazil nuts work well...
03-05-2007, 08:50 AM
Thanks, Beckla. I'm guessing I'll just have to figure out which nut to replace with the cashew. Funny, they are probably my favorite, I actually crave them, and what is it they say about craving something that you are allergic to, go figure.
03-05-2007, 08:59 AM
Where do you find your raw cashews, Rawkinlocks? I have heard that they don't exist, except by special order oversees or something like that.
thank you, GL
03-05-2007, 09:30 AM
Green Life, I simply and happily get my cashews from my local food co-op.
I have decided that I simply cannot worry about every little thing being "truly raw". I listen to my body and so far, I do not get the same reactions to eating the "raw" cashews from my co-op nor the oats as I do from eating outright cooked foods. When I eat cooked foods, I feel it...when I eat those two items, I don't feel any differently than when I eat any other raw food. I have eaten roasted cashews and I "felt it" everytime, but not so with the "raw" ones. But that's just me...
But if you want those rare, wild, hand-opened cashews, then yes...you'll have to get them from a special online source! ;)
03-05-2007, 10:21 AM
Thank you Rawkinlocks,
You're rawkin! LOL!! :D
Sorry, I just HAD to say that, LOL!
O.K. So now I feel better because I don't like the strong taste that I get from eating the oats from Sun Orfanic Farms, but I don't taste that in the ones from the Health Food Store....
I am going to buy the ones from the store, you helped me alot, thanks so much again.
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