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Black walnuts -- taking the husks off and then the shells

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Black walnuts -- taking the husks off and then the shells

karykat | Nov 18, 2009 10:54 PM

A friend wants some black walnuts -- I think to put in a BBQ smoker. Or maybe just to eat. I have to check again.

Anyway, I just visited my aunt and uncle in another state and they were throwing away big huge cans full of them. So I took a few big bagfuls home.

I set about to take the husks off tonight. And I did wear gloves because I understand they can stain your hands terribly. Web sites I looked at talked about removing the outer husk when the nuts are green. In these, the nuts are dark. The husks come off easily. A bit slimy underneath the husk but the shell of the nut seems fine.

Is there any problem husking them when the husk is black not still green. (I suspect not or my uncle never would have given them to me, but I'm wondering what you all think.)

Then, is there any good advice on taking them out of the shells? I understand that is a much bigger challenge. Any tips?

One thing I read said to let them "cure" for a couple weeks after husking so I was going to do that. And then set about to shelling.

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