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Woo



Joined: 19 Sep 2011
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Location: Mayenne, Pays de Loire
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 4:30 pm    Post subject: walnuts Reply with quote
    

today our neighbours have been round with bag full of lovely walnuts. the question of how do they shell them without breaking them is the freshness it would appear! they just twist apart! yum!
my question is what is the best way to store them? i have used them in my baking today but have loads more!
any ideas?

hedgehogpie



Joined: 02 May 2006
Posts: 684
Location: Kent
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 4:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Are you taking them from their green hulls but leaving them in the shell, or taking that bit off too? My inclination is to remove the hulls and then let the nut mature inside the shell by placing them in a single layer on racks in a cool but well ventilated place. The nuts will still contain some moisture you see, so they need to be somewhere where they can dry & mature but not get mouldy.

Mind you, I only ever have a small amount to deal with so others who have their own trees may have better advice!

sean
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: North Devon
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Just eat them. A fresh ripe walnut is one of the finest foods known to man. Dried walnuts are a pallid and pointless imitation. IMHO.

rachelk



Joined: 25 Aug 2011
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Location: thrapston gardening foraging or preserving in the kitchen or eating of course
PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

hi i've got my 1st lot of fresh walnuts foraged.

de-husked them wearing gloves.

mine are laid out in plastic mushroom trays

they taste fantastic eat as many as you can while fresh
as a vegetarian i eat nuts every day for protein ration myself to 3 a day. plus 2 hazel nuts out of the garden.

great for stir fries when dried or cakes or yummy pear and walnut chutney

Vanessa



Joined: 08 May 2006
Posts: 8324

PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 11 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote
    

Open them by twisting a table knife in the stalk end.

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