Dear Family & Friends,
Remember the walnuts we harvested from our lone tree somewhere else? Well, I needed to process them but was not sure how I can get the nuts out using the best technique.
I had a few days to think about it, while leaving and spreading the walnuts on the pavement to dry. Yes, they immediately turned black.
By this time, I researched how to best get the nuts out without much mess. Some suggested to ran tractors over it to crack them up. Others use powerful electric jet sprayer. As I don't have a tractor, nor do I have a jet sprayer...I have to use my own hands. Walnut stains. One must wear gloves...but I hate wearing gloves while working!!
I definitely don't want a stained hands for weeks...So, what I did was to get my trusty metal trowel that I use for gardening, and started bashing up the blackened walnuts on the pavement. BASH, BASH BASH! This exposed the nut shell. I did all this without touching them...so no stain! but our pavement was covered in black stain...ah...no worry it will wash away soon;P
Then, after sorting the nutshell from the outer skin, which is full of staining stuff, (still using my metal trowel to sort them out:)... I got my walnuts in shell! We have a nut cracker, but I find the unsophisticated hammer more convinient in cracking the shell...by bashing it gently, I was able to get walnut in whole piece:)
I bagged and froze them till I'm ready to use them for baking with cakes or bread later on.
How do you shell your walnuts? Would love to hear how I could do it better...