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Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by InHisName, Nov 8, 2010.
How do you do it? Is there an easy way, or did you buy some kind of nut cracker?
My dad had two methods; either a bench vise, or wrap in a towel and use his carpentry hammer.
Hammer and concrete
Run over them with a tank, save the dirt under them to repel robbers and toss the nuts!
LOL OK, I couldn't resist. We had a giant Black Walnut tree in our front yard when I was a kid and I used to just laugh myself silly watching my mom trying to crack those things. She loved them, I hated them and still do.
Good luck with em. LQ
Nothing better than Mom"s black walnut fudge at Christmas time. We used a hammer on a granite rock, then a nut pick. If you strike on the ridge/edge where the halves seem to join, you can (sometimes) open it up and then break the internal wall with the pick. Then you can ease out the nut meats intact. Otherwise, good luck and chew lightly....
i agree,thats how i crack mine after they are dry...
If you get a machine to break them get one with a long handle because you will need it. I have use most of the ways to break them but a hammer and something solid is the best way.
I've been told the big nut companies boil them first before cracking them open. Suppose to make picking the goodies out much easier. I haven't tried this so I don't know if it works or not.
There's an Amish family that cracks them for me for $6 a pound! Can't beat it!
I agree with using the hammer.
I just use my bare finger strength...
I have started cracking mine with a large nut cracker I purchased that uses leverage and it is wonderful. I'm 73 and have no problem cracking them but I do use eye protection as parts of the shells sometimes fly out.
I hammer them, use a chisel and mallet, stomp on them and then give up when I realize I've stained everything. Hope that advice helps.
There's a tree up the hill, and walnuts are my favorite nut. Oh, the irony.
Dad had a wood stump in the basement, probably an elm a foot across & 2 feet high, sat down there & cracked them with a hammer and threw the shells in the furnace. A hard wood like that works good.
Try doing butternuts some time, and the walnuts will be a breeze!
I remember the first time we got black walnuts from a tree. We had just moved to Alabama and I was 15 yrs old. My Dad told me and my younger brother to hull them. Well, we didn't know that it would stain our hands, so we didn't use anything. Needless to say, we both ended up with stained hands.
If butternuts are the nuts I'm thinking of, they're easier than black walnuts.
(But I may be thinking of the wrong nuts).
Mom used a ball peen hammer and a fender dolly from dad's box of body & fender tools...later dad obtained a 6" length of railroad rail for an anvil to rivet new sickle bar blades & mom used that instead of the fender dolly...
LOL They sound just as tough to get into as the maple nuts(?) a friend brought for me from Arkansas, she then said she was surprised she didn't see many squirrels there in Evening Shade.....me with hammer in hand trying to crack one open said "Of course there aren't any squirrels there, the poor things starved to death trying to get into these!"