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Cracking Black Walnuts

By chickhill
January 15, 2015

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ctcarol
Jan 14, 2015 7:48 PM CST
I wish I had known that trick when I was a kid. It was the kids job to sit in the basement with a hammer and a brick, and a gunnysack full of black walnuts to get enough for divinity for Christmas. I'm willing, in my old age, to pay dearly for them in the stores now.
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Jan 15, 2015 2:42 AM CST
Okay, who besides me wants walnut brownies now? We need an emoticon for stuffing your face!
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SongofJoy
Jan 15, 2015 5:17 AM CST
I agree
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gardengus
Jan 15, 2015 7:22 AM CST
Thanks for the tip
Black walnuts have so much more flavor than most nuts, well worth the effort Thumbs up
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KyWoods
Jan 15, 2015 8:24 AM CST
Oh, wow, and I gave up after the first try, decades ago! The squirrels get all ours. I may have to steal a few to try this! Rolling on the floor laughing
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crittergarden
Jan 15, 2015 8:56 AM CST
THANK YOU!
My grandmother's Christmas cookie recipe (dates back at least to 1920) has black walnuts in it.
While I don't need large pieces, I have heard that they are notoriously hard to crack in general.
I finally have the info I need to grow my own!
I thank you profusely for the cracking advice as I thanked @foraygardengirl for this:
http://garden.org/ideas/view/foraygardengirl/2079/Black-Waln...

The two go together quite nicely!
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alwaysbehindMN
Jan 15, 2015 11:31 AM CST
I too had given up on cracking black walnuts. My tree seems to produce lots of nuts every other year, and since giving up on cracking them, I've had the job of disposing of many 5-gal. pails of nuts. This coming year should be a nut-production year, and I definitely will try again with chickhill's method!
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Robynznest
Jan 15, 2015 6:29 PM CST
I never stopped to think that some people didn't know this trick. Grandpa taught all of us kids and cousins and anyone he could get to sit down for a few minutes to crack them. We finally learned it was because he didn't want to do it. Grandma would have skinned him alive if she knew he was getting help from all the kids. We kept his secret too. One thing that Grandma taught us girls was, if you like them fresh or slightly baked and you keep getting a bitter taste from the skins, is to blanch them for a couple of minutes, put them on a towel and rub gently. The skins will come off easily and they taste so much sweeter.
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chickhill
Jan 15, 2015 7:03 PM CST
crittergarden said:THANK YOU!
My grandmother's Christmas cookie recipe (dates back at least to 1920) has black walnuts in it.
While I don't need large pieces, I have heard that they are notoriously hard to crack in general.
I finally have the info I need to grow my own!
I thank you profusely for the cracking advice as I thanked @foraygardengirl for this:
http://garden.org/ideas/view/foraygardengirl/2079/Black-Waln...

The two go together quite nicely!

I agree

I meant to get that tip turned in after reading the article by foraygardengirl, as usual I get behind Whistling
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chickhill
Jan 15, 2015 7:08 PM CST
KyWoods said:Oh, wow, and I gave up after the first try, decades ago! The squirrels get all ours. I may have to steal a few to try this! Rolling on the floor laughing


You have to get to them before the squirrels do. They only get the good ones. Whistling
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gardengus
Jan 15, 2015 7:41 PM CST
My dad picked up and stored a 5 gallon bucket in his garage till winter when he would have more time to crack them and the squirrels beat him to over half before he found out they were stealing them Smiling
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ctcarol
Jan 15, 2015 7:45 PM CST
You have to give those squirrels credit. Those are some tough nuts to crack Hilarious!
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greene
Jan 15, 2015 8:27 PM CST
Great tip. Hurray! Now if I only had a Black Walnut tree...
Grandpa-in-law built a wooden hulling trough and drove the car back and forth to get the hulls off (when cars were really heavy) - still messy but at least everything stayed put and didn't fly around. I was never part of the cracking to get the nut meat out.
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chickhill
Jan 15, 2015 9:04 PM CST
greene said:Great tip. Hurray! Now if I only had a Black Walnut tree...
Grandpa-in-law built a wooden hulling trough and drove the car back and forth to get the hulls off (when cars were really heavy) - still messy but at least everything stayed put and didn't fly around. I was never part of the cracking to get the nut meat out.


nodding Hilarious! I still use my car! Then I put in 5 gal. buckets to rinse off any gravel or dirt. Next into an old wire chicken cage, rinse some more then let them dry. After drying they go into those drawstring mesh bags that fruit comes in, and in my utility room away from those thieving squirrels.
In the early fall go for a drive through the country, there are usually plenty on the roadside.
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gardengus
Jan 15, 2015 10:22 PM CST
I agree
And the trees are easy to find because of the dark stains on the pavement
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Robynznest
Jan 16, 2015 6:30 AM CST
Also, around here walnut trees are some of the first to lose their leaves. I pick up a bucket full and leave till the following spring. They last a long time in their shell. By that time the hull is usually dry and crisp they just fall off. If you pick up a bunch you can take them to a hulling place give them half and keep half for yourself. As long as they get something out of it, you shouldn't have to pay a thing for their service.
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crittergarden
Jan 16, 2015 11:45 AM CST
OMG, this is hilarious!
I wish I had the stories of how my own ancestors got them out of their shells!

The CAR?????
omg.

And it's good to hear how to get the bitter off.
Almost everyone raves about my Christmas cookies, but every now and then there's someone who can't stand the nuts.
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chickhill
Jan 16, 2015 3:14 PM CST
crittergarden said:OMG, this is hilarious!
I wish I had the stories of how my own ancestors got them out of their shells!

The CAR?????
omg.

And it's good to hear how to get the bitter off.
Almost everyone raves about my Christmas cookies, but every now and then there's someone who can't stand the nuts.


Hilarious! Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Yes, the car, truck, 4 wheeler any ole thing will do. Rolling on the floor laughing Rolling on the floor laughing Running over them makes short work of getting the hulls off. Sometimes I rake the hulls and discard other times mother nature does the job. I'm sitting here Hilarious! Hilarious!
Now this has struck me funny Hilarious! What Confused you run over nuts with a car? Rolling on the floor laughing
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crittergarden
Jan 16, 2015 3:39 PM CST
Hilarious!
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Robynznest
Jan 16, 2015 6:49 PM CST
Rolling on the floor laughing
Save the planet, it's the only one with chocolate.

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