Tuesday, October 31, 2006

More (or less) on Walnuts...

Limes you say? No, I can assure you that there's walnuts in them thar green things...

A little about myself; I am sort of a "Rebel Without a Cause" - or maybe it's that I have a cause, I'm just not very rebellious about it. I'm a granola-eating tree hugger who cares deeply about this planet, global warming, pollution, etc., etc. - I'm just not so much of an activist. I want my new motto to be "think less, do more..." because I do think about these things... a lot... We recycle and compost. In fact, we only take our garbage to the dump about once a month and sometimes less frequently. It's not like we have a big steaming pile of rubbish outside the back door, we fill one or two 30 gallon trash cans, but whoa! you should see our compost heap! And now about those walnuts: you really have to start at the beginning of October when they're still in their green hulls and just beginning to split. Now they are pretty brown and slimy, and that is just too much work; first bleaching, and then scrubbing. At least I got one basket, which will probably be enough since in years past I have chucked old un-eaten walnuts of questionable age right out the window for the crows and jays.

  • If the timing is right, the nuts will slip quite cleanly out of the hulls.
  • Ideally, once they are clean, the nuts should be allowed to dry in a dehydrator set at 120* (or oven set at the lowest temp.) overnight.
  • I've put them into a basket by the wood stove to dry more and get crisp - they're still a little "bendy" right now.
  • Shelling them and toasting them on a cookie sheet in the oven works too.

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