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World Best Black Walnut Cracker Macadamia, Brazil Nut, Pecan, Hazelnut

World Best Black Walnut Cracker Macadamia, Brazil Nut, Pecan, Hazelnut

World Best Black Walnut Cracker Macadamia, Brazil Nut, Pecan, HazelnutWorld Best Black Walnut Cracker Macadamia, Brazil Nut, Pecan, HazelnutWorld Best Black Walnut Cracker Macadamia, Brazil Nut, Pecan, Hazelnut

Preparing and cracking Black walnuts, Hickory nuts and Pecan

Preparation

 After gathering the nut you need to hull them as soon as  possible. If you can’t hull the right away store them in bags that will  breath.  They will mold in just a few days if stored in a solid bag or  barrel. It is easiest to take them to a huller and they will come out  clean.  If not then use what ever method you choose to remove the hulls and  spread them out to dry or in a loose mesh bag like an onion sack. If you  have access  to a cement mixer it will hull and clean the nuts real good with  just a few rocks thrown in to grind the hulls up (this system is messy).  You can pile them  on the driveway and drive over them with a 4 wheeler, tractor or car  and clean up the big stuff. It will leave a mess but it will disappear  after a rain or two. Of course you can step on them one at a time any other way you  can figure out and if you get a good one let me know.

After drying I like to wash them.  The cement mixer does a great and  easy job with a little water thrown in. I use a wire cage and hose them  with a power  washer. They can also be washed quite well in a wheelbarrow. Cover  them with water and scramble them with a rake. At least place them in a  loose mesh bag  (onion sack and hose them of with a spray wand  turning over the bag  frequently and get as clean as you can. If there are any nuts floating  high in the  water they are no good so discard them. If they are just barely  floating they are questionable. This will not dependable after the nuts  are several weeks dry as the dry they are the more they are likely to float.

Store the nuts in a breathable sack. NEVER in a bucket or box that  cant let air  in on all sides. Be sure to always store or dry the  walnuts where the  squirrels can’t get to them as they can make quick work of a full  bag of nuts. (They may like em even better than we do)

When soaking the nuts sample crack each day until they crack easily  and the nutmeats are soft and don’t crumble Probably need to soak them  at least  two days.  Some nuts are good to go and some take as much as eight  (8) days to reach the just right stage. Allow the nuts to dry to the  touch and get crackin.

If you can’t crack them all soon they can be stored for about a week  in a sealed container and they will retain the moisture. Not too long  though as they  will start to mold according to the temperature. If they are kept in  open air and dry out again the process can be repeated. Your taster  will tell you when they are too old but I have cracked nuts as much as five years old  that were still good when properly handled.

Nutmeats can be frozen and thawed any number of times with no effect  while in the shell or after cracking and stored in a freezer. If you  have nuts that have dried out even as much as two or three years old you  can soak them in water and soften them to a point nearly as good as when  you first cracked them.

Hickory Nuts:
When smooth bark (referring to the bark on the tree) hickory nuts  fall from the tree, they will not crack easily. It is best to store the  nuts in a breathable container for one year and then crack them. The long  drying period will allow the nutmeats to dry and shrink away from the gills of the shell and make them much easier to remove and may or  may not work best after soaking but try it.

(Exception) Some smooth bark nuts fall with the hull still on them,  This nut can be cracked immediately after hulling with excellent  results. They must be fresh off the tree.

Shag bark hickory nuts are perfect for cracking immediately after  they fall and will crack well for several weeks. If you have had the  nuts more than two or three months, they will be dry. Just soak them in water  for a day or two, then let them dry for two days, and you are ready go. Almost as good as the fresh ones were.


Pecans just crack better with about six hours of soaking to soften the nut meats if they are not extremely fresh.

Hope this is helpful.

Basil Bacon

Dennis Bac
Grandpa's Goody Getter