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Looks like a good walnut drop this year #7311821
07/22/21 09:51 PM
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Walnut trees near me are hanging full of hulls. Hope the worms have not ruined the nuts.

Has anyone got a good way of cleaning them? Do you leave them on the ground for a while, do you watch the squirrels, do you gather them and spread them to dry, or what do you do.

I have even thought of sawing through them with a band saw, then picking the meat with a dental tool. What works for those you pick out walnuts.

I want a few old fashion black walnut cakes like my grandma made 65 years ago and a gallon of homemade black walnut ice cream, one last time.

Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311840
07/22/21 10:16 PM
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Hate to say it, but go buy the walnuts. Cleaning Black Walnuts and getting the meat out is time consuming and a "cracker" can be expensive. I used to scoop up 1000+, spread them in a gravel driveway and run over them to shed the hull. Messy and Walnut stain is hard to get out of anything like shoes if you walk across them . . . especially if they're wet or it rains. :-(


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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311843
07/22/21 10:18 PM
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The walnut husk fly maggots don't hurt the nut. They just eat the inside of the husk.

Keith

Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311848
07/22/21 10:24 PM
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I recall when I was a kid, dad had a 56 chevy. He'd jack up one back wheel about an inch or so off the ground, chock the front tires, start the engine, put the transmission in first gear (Standard tranny) and feed the walnuts under the tire as it spun. The hulls would fly off and make a mess, but it made simple work of hulling a bunch of black walnuts.



Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7311854
07/22/21 10:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Dobbins
I recall when I was a kid, dad had a 56 chevy. He'd jack up one back wheel about an inch or so off the ground, chock the front tires, start the engine, put the transmission in first gear (Standard tranny) and feed the walnuts under the tire as it spun. The hulls would fly off and make a mess, but it made simple work of hulling a bunch of black walnuts.


That would make a mess flyin' everywhere! HA! grin


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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311855
07/22/21 10:34 PM
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Originally Posted by SJA
Hate to say it, but go buy the walnuts. Cleaning Black Walnuts and getting the meat out is time consuming and a "cracker" can be expensive. I used to scoop up 1000+, spread them in a gravel driveway and run over them to shed the hull. Messy and Walnut stain is hard to get out of anything like shoes if you walk across them . . . especially if they're wet or it rains. :-(


Here's the nut cracker I use. The G. Gardner Master Nut Cracker. It works very well. I can literally crack a black walnut with a pinkie finger when using it.

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Last year was a bad year for black walnuts here, but I still got a fair amount from around a dozen trees on my farm. 7 buckets of walnuts in hulls makes 2 buckets hulled and pressure washed.

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Anyone else collecting nuts later this year

Keith

Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7311856
07/22/21 10:35 PM
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Originally Posted by Paul Dobbins
I recall when I was a kid, dad had a 56 chevy. He'd jack up one back wheel about an inch or so off the ground, chock the front tires, start the engine, put the transmission in first gear (Standard tranny) and feed the walnuts under the tire as it spun. The hulls would fly off and make a mess, but it made simple work of hulling a bunch of black walnuts.

Cool, some are falling already seems early?
Not many in my country now.
But s.d. was a bunch I us to boil traps in them.
Like the old Chevy story.


Let me sugar coat this
Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311860
07/22/21 10:41 PM
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I have the Hunt's Black Walnut Cracker.


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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: SJA] #7311861
07/22/21 10:45 PM
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Originally Posted by SJA
I have the Hunt's Black Walnut Cracker.


They look like a nice machine. How do you like it?

Keith

Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: KeithC] #7311863
07/22/21 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by KeithC
Originally Posted by SJA
I have the Hunt's Black Walnut Cracker.


They look like a nice machine. How do you like it?

Keith


It's a quality machine but as with all of them, it's a time consuming process. As I recall, back then, I paid $$89.00 (?) for it. :-)


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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311885
07/22/21 11:34 PM
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My Dad used to tell me when he was a kid they would collect Walnuts and roll them around in their hands to see whose hands could get the blackest.

Many years ago I asked a buddy for a burlap sack of them to use for dying traps. He dropped of a bag of them on our front steps after I had left for work. When I got home there was nothing but an empty bag...the squirrels had gotten them all! We still have Walnut trees sprouting in all kinds of odd spots around our yard.

Moosetrot

Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311951
07/23/21 07:50 AM
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I only have a few walnut trees but they are pretty full


I do all my own stunts ..... but never intentionally
Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311958
07/23/21 07:58 AM
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I like to mess with nuts. Not interested in buying nuts. I got a decent walnut cracker.

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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311959
07/23/21 08:00 AM
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My cracker is called ball-peen.

Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311962
07/23/21 08:04 AM
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We have a big Black Walnut tree in the yard along with about 4 other trees. I hate it when there is a good yield as I am the one that has to pick them up to mow the grass. The big tree will yield about 10 cart loads of walnuts for me to haul away. At 76 years old it is back breaking work for me. We use very few of them, I have put signs out saying free walnuts and hardly ever get any takers. They are big meaty walnuts I wish I could get someone to pick them up for me.


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Not only does it tell me how to get to my destination,
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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311979
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Does anyone use the hulls for dying traps?

Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7311982
07/23/21 08:40 AM
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I have used the hauls to dye traps many times. I fill a 5 gallon bucket with walnuts and then dump them on the ground and run over them with my garden tractor, I then scoop them up and put them in the bucket and fill the bucket with traps and water and let it soak for a few days, maybe as many as 6 or 7 days, they get nice and black. I only do that when I have a few traps to do.


I got myself a seniors' GPS.
Not only does it tell me how to get to my destination,
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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7312005
07/23/21 09:08 AM
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I use this. The kids love to roll it around and gather the walnuts. Saves a lot of back bending. :-) Well worth the cost!
BY GARDEN WEASEL
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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: Paul Dobbins] #7312109
07/23/21 11:44 AM
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Originally Posted by Paul Dobbins
I recall when I was a kid, dad had a 56 chevy. He'd jack up one back wheel about an inch or so off the ground, chock the front tires, start the engine, put the transmission in first gear (Standard tranny) and feed the walnuts under the tire as it spun. The hulls would fly off and make a mess, but it made simple work of hulling a bunch of black walnuts.



That is great it sounds like something my grandpa would have done if he had thought of it or saw you and your dad. If anyone ever made even a minor comment on some of his "hillbilly engineering" feats he would always smile and say "Poor people have poor ways".

Now we have a widget for everything- back in the day- you had to find your own way through everything b/c amazon prime wasn't going to have the answer delivered before 4 pm later today


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Re: Looks like a good walnut drop this year [Re: charles] #7312162
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I like Paul Dobbins method too.


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