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    Elite Member ToadHill's Avatar
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    Default Re: Bag-A-Nut for walnuts - follow up

    Best sheller I've found is to lay the nuts out on the gravel driveway and let the grandkids drive the garden tractor over them. It takes off the hulls off likity split.
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    Default Re: Bag-A-Nut for walnuts - follow up

    Around here, most of the hulls are already squishy black, or getting there. I hulled mine by just twisting them in my hands wearing some leather gloves....of course I now have stained fingernails, but heck, I'm a guy, so who cares! I was then left with a mess of slimy black nuts which I cleaned by stirring them in a bucket of water a few times. I think people who get serious about black walnuts prefer to husk them before the husk starts slimming, so the nut comes out cleaner. I've read instructions saying to roll the green nuts across a knife and then twist them apart like you would an avocado. The nuts at that stage are still light colored and easy to clean up, I guess.

    Carpathian walnuts are so much easier. They come out of their husks more like pecans. You can crack them in your hands. Of course, they sure don't taste like the black walnuts.

    Chuck

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    Default Re: Bag-A-Nut for walnuts - follow up

    Ah yes gentlemen, we too have many black walnut trees here on this small farm,...with millions of the darn things on the ground right now.

    We used to harvest a bunch and take the time and "work" to get the meat out. Very tasty but so much work. WHAT to do with them?

    Too bad there isn't a worthy market for 'em,....but you know, I've been wondering if I built a drying rack, (squirrel proof),..and seasoned them for two or three years, (?)...could I then feed 'em into my kitchen cookstove?

    They certainly are "like" a hardwood. I just thought of it and have yet to try it, but wondered if anyone has tried it or heard of using them as fuel?

    The amount I get yearly would fire the stove for the entire winter I'm sure "IF" properly dried. Any thoughts???

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    Default Re: Bag-A-Nut for walnuts - follow up

    I would think a yard vac would work well for picking up walnuts. Probably would need to leave an up top opening for grass and leaves to blown on through. Walnuts should drop out being heavier than the grass and weeds. I have never used the method as I pay my grandkids to do it. I know they should do it for nothing, but they will get into me for money anyway. Just as well let them think they are "earning" the money

    For hulling walnuts; a small portable cement with small rocks or iron thrown in with the walnuts has worked well for me. Add some water if you want to clean the black crap of the walnuts. Side benefit is it will clean your iron if it is used for the media.

    May need to experiment with the size of rocks/iron.

    There is a market for walnuts here, but I would hate to try to make a living doing it.

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