Sunday, September 21, 2008

The shucking continues

Well, we're continuing to shuck black walnuts on a daily basis. Our tree is dropping a grocery bag full almost everyday. It's almost hard keeping up! We have the process down to a science, exchanging running over them with a car to simply using a splitting maul (Brian's bright idea). The evening here are still warm, so we have a great time at the end of the day shucking in the driveway watching the dogs run after apples.
The kitchen table has been our drying location for the last two weeks. I tried the basement, but without a dehumidifier the nuts just molded. We have a fan on them almost constantly, so we're making great progress. We decided to crack one open yesterday to see how they were coming. As it turns out, we don't have a nutcracker, so we used a hammer. It seemed to work pretty well, but I think we'll invest in something that doesn't demolish the nut quite so much. From what I've read online, walnuts only have to dry 2-3 weeks, so we should be cracking by the end of the month!

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