Back on the third of October, 2011 I did a post on harvesting black walnuts. That post still gets at the least 150 views a week. You can see it HERE. It tells how to pick up, remove the shells from and wash these nuts.
Now that ours are washed and allowed to dry for the last month we have been working on getting them cracked and picked out.
O Wise One has a special walnut cracker that he has mounted on a board. He takes wood clamps and clamps it to the picnic table outside and sits and cracks the nuts. The good ones go in one bucket and the bad ones and shells in the other.
Once they are cracked he puts them on an old cookie sheet and sits at the dining room table at night and watches TV and shells them out. I sit in my rocking chair and crochet. Aren't we boring ?
Here's a tip..after he's finished he takes the shells and spreads them out for the birds. The cardinals especially and the woodpeckers love them. They sit and find the little pieces still stuck in the shells and the crumbs and eat them.
Once picked over really good they go into small jelly jars and go in the freezer. They will be used in various baking projects throughout the year. Remember that black walnuts are stronger tasting that the English walnuts you buy in the store so cut back a bit and just don't use as many.
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