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Alternative Uses for Pistachio Shells?

Kyle Williams


Joined: Jul 09, 2009
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Location: Portland, OR
    
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Ok, this is probably a stupid question...

I just bought a mess of pistachio's because the co-op near me in Olympia has a good price on them. I could eat pistachio's all day and never get sick of them, but I feel like the shells will take FOREVER to break down in my compost bin. My compost does well with most kitchen scraps, but I often have trouble with eggshells if I forget to hand crush them before they go on the pile. I'm thinking it doesn't stay hot enough with just kitchen scraps, so I constantly have eggshells and other hard materials taking a long time to break down. I'd love to start a humanure pile, which I'm sure would gobble up eggshells and pistachio shells and anything else I threw in there, but I'm currently renting and don't think I could talk my landlord into that. So, I'm stuck with about a half pound of pistachio shells, and I'm afraid they will probably last longer than I would if I throw them in the compost.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for what I could do with them? I prefer something practical as I'm not the most artistic person in the world, but I'm open to anything.
Neal McSpadden


Joined: May 04, 2009
Posts: 269
The first thing that comes to mind is grit for chickens if you run them through a mill. Not exactly a passive system though.


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Andrew Ray


Joined: Sep 25, 2011
Posts: 126
Location: Slovakia
Our dog has been chewing on the shells that fall on the floor...

Also, they are quite flammable, so can help in starting wood fires, though they need a bit of creativity to set them up to burn.
Moody Vaden


Joined: Dec 15, 2010
Posts: 52
Location: Maryland
For fire starter, maybe roll them up into newspaper? I've heard of people using them for smoking foods. How about drainage in a flower pot? Would also be a good replacement if you're missing pieces from your monopoly game. Imagine the empire you could build with an endless supply of hotels.
maikeru sumi-e


Joined: Dec 14, 2010
Posts: 312
Kyle Williams wrote:Ok, this is probably a stupid question...

I just bought a mess of pistachio's because the co-op near me in Olympia has a good price on them. I could eat pistachio's all day and never get sick of them, but I feel like the shells will take FOREVER to break down in my compost bin. My compost does well with most kitchen scraps, but I often have trouble with eggshells if I forget to hand crush them before they go on the pile. I'm thinking it doesn't stay hot enough with just kitchen scraps, so I constantly have eggshells and other hard materials taking a long time to break down. I'd love to start a humanure pile, which I'm sure would gobble up eggshells and pistachio shells and anything else I threw in there, but I'm currently renting and don't think I could talk my landlord into that. So, I'm stuck with about a half pound of pistachio shells, and I'm afraid they will probably last longer than I would if I throw them in the compost.

Does anyone have any other suggestions for what I could do with them? I prefer something practical as I'm not the most artistic person in the world, but I'm open to anything.


I really like using pistachio shells for mulching or in potting mixes. Have had no problems with them breaking down, though they take a little longer because of the high C ratio.


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this could be mildly useful.


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