Thanks for sharing this with the group .... I haven't had a good way to harvest black walnuts yet, and my neighbors graciously give us some whenever we'd like them.
Does your trick work with walnuts already dried for a season, or should they only be fresh?
Also, how do you crack them without picking?! That's amazing .... would it be a certain position of the nut when you put it in the vise?
You may reply to me off-list, which would work best for the group, I believe.
As a side note, I don't see anything wrong with sharing it with the group, especially if you created the article, and include "OT" for "Other Topic" with the subject line.
President, Mio Irisarians
On Oct 16, 2011, at 9:45 PM, Lawrence & Helen Lacey wrote:
The only relationship of this to iris is that I mentioned it at our local society meeting yesterday. So at the dual risk of violating protocol and re inventing the wheel, here is something
I devised and shared with our local garden club.
From: Lawrence Lacey Zone 4B
If you have virtually give!
n up on harvesting your own black walnuts because of all the tannin and black gunk that still sticks to the shell after hulling and contaminates the final
product after cracking, consider this. I just this week devised this method and it works like a charm. All you need is a power washer and a container that lets the water in and the gunk out
that restrains the walnuts from being blown to kingdom come. The animal trap I have been trapping coons with works just fine. If you are handy, you could also cobble up a container out
of hardware cloth. I don't fill the trap, only about 2 to 3 " of walnuts in the bottom, so the powerful stream will stir the entire mass and plaster them against the opposite side of the cage. I
then hit them from the other side, going back and forth until I am satisfied I have just about all black off except the pointed tip (bloom end ) of the nut which is tougher. Dry them for a day
after washing and they are right for cracking. I then use a mechanic's vice for cracking, don't do any picking and get large meats with minimal breakage.
Hulled black walnuts before washing
After power washing
Squirrel proof outdoor drying
My power washer
Dumping walnuts into animal trap