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Old 02-20-2009, 12:39 AM
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: NW Chicago Suburbs
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Is there a non-disgusting way to eat sunflower seeds?

I've become badly addicted in the last month or so. I blame weeks of extended work travel with lots of stops at gas stations for snacks.

I love these things. So tasty. But it seems there are three options:

1) Eat the sunflower seed whole. I used to do this when I played Little League baseball. No mess. The downside, of course, is when the hulls pass - eat too much and (TMI, gross)
It's like shitting a jagged piece of metal

2) Crack the seeds, eat only the kernel, spit the hulls. Avoids the unpleasantness of option 1 above. But I can't imagine doing this at work - in the car, I can use an empty water bottle. But I can't much imagine having a gross spit cup of shells and saliva on my desk at work.

3) Buy them shelled. Boring. Part of the fun is the range of "flavors" they come dusted in in the shells. As well as the "busy work" of removing the seed from the shell, which also prevents eating too much (it takes too long!)

Any ideas?

Last edited by GameHat; 02-20-2009 at 12:40 AM.
Old 02-20-2009, 01:25 AM
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: Portland of the NW
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How about removing them nicely from your mouth with your fingers instead of spitting them? Or crack them outside of your mouth. That's the least 'slobbery' way I've found.
Old 02-20-2009, 01:35 AM
Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: New Middletown, Ohio
Posts: 5,825
I crack them in my mouth and spit out the shells that way. When I was younger I would just suck the flavor off and spit the shells back in the bag for someone else to worry about.
Old 02-20-2009, 01:50 AM
Join Date: Mar 2001
Location: The Mitt
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I don't have any suggestions, only that I couldn't help being reminded of this clip from Ace Ventura (5:02 in).

Old 02-20-2009, 10:00 AM
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: detroit, east-side
Posts: 4,402
I just chew them whole. They won't affect the, uh, other end if you actually chew them thoroughly.

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