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Walnuts
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Juliana    Posted 10-10-2003 at 16:08:27       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I found some walnuts that had fallen from the tree, brought them home.....Now what do I do with them? The outside is green and when I peeled a couple, the nut was black and another one was part greenish and black. I totally forget what my grandmother did. I did try and crack one, but couldn't. I'd love to use them in my Amish bread.


Ron/PA    Posted 10-11-2003 at 02:36:19       [Reply]  [No Email]
Somebody here, posted one time on this subject.
They said they wait til the hulls get good and soft and black, then they toss them in a cement mixer, with a few rocks or bricks and let it run til they're hulled, a little fine gravel helps clean out the grooves in the shell as well.
HTH,
Ron


Dave Smith    Posted 10-11-2003 at 10:10:19       [Reply]  [Send Email]
The cement mixer is a good idea.
Crushed walnut shells are used in cartridge cleaners by reloaders and also for media in sand blasting cabnets.
Dave <*)))><


BOSS    Posted 10-10-2003 at 20:35:35       [Reply]  [No Email]
I built our new house out in an old farmers field. About a hundred yards away is our old walnut tree, it is about 150 years old. The great nephew of the old farmer stopped in and asked if we are going to cut the tree down, and I said "of course not" and he was so happy !! He spent at least an hour telling us all the memories he had about that tree. It meant alot to him. How they would swing in it, climb it, hunt from it, how it got struck by lightening 2 different times, how they would nap under its shade when they were out working in the field.
Well this year I was all gungho about eating walnuts. Now this tree is HUGE !!!!! last year my daughter and I picked up about 100-125 five gallon buckets of walnuts and threw them in our binfire pit to burn them just to get rid of them. But this year I had the bright idea to eat them and cook them and bake with them, I was ready to go......
It was the trees year off.
Unbeknownst to me they take every other year off. So next year will be my year !!!!

I love walnuts.


geo in MI    Posted 10-10-2003 at 19:51:10       [Reply]  [No Email]
The green hull will eventually soften up, turn black, and decompose, sorta like a banana peel does. Also, you'll see some kind of worms inside, but not to worry, they don't get inside the nut itself. When they get good and soft, put them in a wire basket or a chicken wire container, and blast them with the water hose to get the hulls off. Then lay the nuts out on a concrete driveway in the sun to dry out--turning them several times. Best way to crack them is on a granite rock with a hammer--trying not to smash the shells. Awfully hard on the teeth....... Greatest fudge in the world.


Juliana    Posted 10-10-2003 at 20:59:40       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Thanks, Geo. With your information, I think I'll go and get some more nuts. Letting the outer part get soft sure beats me trying to cut/peel them. Knowing that next year there might not be any, I'll get what I can this year. Someone said that they can be frozen for up to two years. Now, if I could just get the stains off my hands! :-)


Dave Smith    Posted 10-10-2003 at 16:26:04       [Reply]  [Send Email]
We have a Black Walnut tree in the yard and it is loaded with nuts this year. Last year it had only about a dozen.
You can drive over the nuts with you're car and that helps get the schuck off. Caution wear gloves if they have started turning brown, That dark brown stain does not wash off. It does make a great stain for wood or leather.
The shells are a bugger to crack. I use a hammer.
The nuts are strong flavored but are great for baking.
Dave <*)))><


Juliana    Posted 10-10-2003 at 19:16:16       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Oh, great....NOW you tell me to wear gloves! My hands have a terrible "nicotine" color all over them! LOL! Do the nuts have to dry out, either before I take off the "husk" or after? Do you know if the nuts are good, even tho they are black? I'm guessing they are ripe, since they were on the ground. Thanks.


Dave Smith, Sorry    Posted 10-11-2003 at 10:22:00       [Reply]  [Send Email]
Sorry, I didn't get that warning to you. It does wear off.
If you mean the meats are black. I don't know, but it is darker colored than the English walnuts you buy in the store.
I think you should be able to tell if they are spoiled. I have eaten them but they are strong flavored.
The black walnut has to freeze and the shell crack in order for them to grow.
We had two big soft maples in the yard. The kids planted the black walnut between them.
15 to 20 years later we noticed the maples were dying.
We had the extension service out and they informed us the walnut puts out a toxicidy (sp)that can kill other trees.
The maples were 30 to 40 feet away and since they were dying we cut them down. Sure do miss the shade they gave.
Dave <*)))><


SY    Posted 10-10-2003 at 17:39:13       [Reply]  [No Email]
We had a walnut tree on our farm when I was a kid , remember dumping the walnuts on a piece of ledge then just walking on them for a few days til the husks came off. Boy would your hands get brown taking nuts out of the husks. Made great brownies though.


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