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peanut-free cashews?

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By Adele on Thu, 08-23-07, 14:19

I tested negative to a SPT for cashews. I would LOVE to munch on a few cashews every now and then....but does anyone know of a brand of cashews that is safe for PA?

Thanks, Adele

oops, I just realized this should have been posted in the Manufacturer's thread. My apologies.;

[This message has been edited by Adele (edited August 23, 2007).]

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By becca on Thu, 08-23-07, 14:26

Hi Adele. How about finding them in the shells? Though there may be a brand out there ready to eat.

becca

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By Adele on Thu, 08-23-07, 14:45

I'll look! My mouth is watering in anticipation.....

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By Sarahfran1 on Thu, 08-23-07, 15:06

Quote:Originally posted by becca:
[b]Hi Adele. How about finding them in the shells? Though there may be a brand out there ready to eat.

becca[/b]

I don't think you can find them in their shells. When I was in Belize last year (where they grow cashews) I remember learning that the shell has a resin in it that is a nasty skin irritant, like poison ivy, and that they have to be carefully processed to make them safe to eat.

I know I've seen peanut safe cashew butters in natural foods stores before, but it's been a long time since I looked. But if there are peanut safe cashew butters, that must mean there are peanut safe cashews somewhere in the world, right?

Sarah

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By Sarahfran1 on Thu, 08-23-07, 15:16

I'm thinking--how about raw cashew nuts? I've never looked at their labels to know their processing, but my hunch is that the non-safe cashews result from being roasted and salted and packaged on the same equipment used by manufacturers to process peanuts. So if you buy them unroasted (again from natural foods stores; before having kids I used to get them there to make cashew brittle) they might be safe, and then you can eat them as is or roast them yourself in the oven.

I found this site that explains how cashews are processed: [url="http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawcashew.html"]http://www.living-foods.com/articles/rawcashew.html[/url] Apparently even "raw" cashews are not truly raw since removing them from the toxic shell is usually done by boiling or steaming them, but the link has another link at the end to a place that sells truly raw cashews. But I'd think even the usual "raw" ones might be safe for someone with just a peanut allergy.

Good luck!

Sarah

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By McCobbre on Thu, 08-23-07, 15:23

Oh Adele--how wonderful for you!! I hope you find them.

I know that it means the world to DS to occasionally eat pecans.

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By Adele on Thu, 08-23-07, 15:40

Thanks, everyone, for the info.

Hmmm - why couldn't I buy a can of cashews and rinse them REALLY well? Wonder if they would get soggy?

I don't think I'd react to any tiny traces left after a good rinse.

I could add them to my granola bar recipe too! Cashews!!
Oh the possibilities!

Yum.

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By NCMom on Thu, 08-23-07, 18:22

I love cashews, too. Really miss them. I ordered peanut-free cashews, pistachios and almonds from [url="http://www.tierrafarms.com."]www.tierrafarms.com.[/url] I had a few of the cashews and they were awesome. Then I gave a few of the pistachios to my youngest son, then 3 1/2, and he had a major reaction. Turns out the doctor hadn't skin tested him for all tree nuts, just a few. And he's highly allergic to cashews and pistachios. So out the nuts went. But they were awesome and safe for just PA people.

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By Adele on Thu, 08-23-07, 18:45

NCmom....THANKS!! I'm gonna order some today.

Forget my idea of rinsing regular cashews....I remember reading cashew labels and many of them were cooked in peanut oil.

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By Adele on Thu, 08-23-07, 18:51

I went to tierrafarms.com and they also have a trail mix that I'm going to check on.

Wouldn't it be great if it was peanut free!

Ingredients: Ingredients: Organic Dry Roasted Salted Cashew Pieces, Organic Dry Roasted Salted Sunflower Seeds, Organic Dry Roasted Salted Pepitas, Organic Chocolate Chips(Organic Cane Sugar, Organic Chocolate Liquor, Organic Cocoa Butter, Non-GMO Lecithin, Organic Vanilla,) Organic Sultana Raisins, Organic Diced Dried Apples, Organic Dried Cranberries (Sweetened with Organic Apple Juice Concentrate)

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By krasota on Thu, 08-23-07, 22:02

You could buy the so-called "raw" cashews and rinse them really well. After rinsing and drying, you could fry them in hot oil. I do that, turning them out onto a paper towel and adding sugar, cayenne, and a bit of cumin or cinnamond. Yum.

I cook with them, too. I like them in curries and korma.

ygg

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By Adele on Fri, 08-24-07, 03:05

Quote:Originally posted by krasota:
[b] I do that, turning them out onto a paper towel and adding sugar, cayenne, and a bit of [b] cumin[/b] or cinnamond. Yum.

ygg[/b]

ROFL! krasota....cumin is my only other allergy! (but thanks for the thoughts!)

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