I remember back in the '60s, my mom (RIP) & I would collect black walnuts from under a HUGE tree in an old cemetery back in Connecticut, 3 or 4 five gal. pails full. The hulls were still mostly green.Not exactly gardens, but wondering if any of you fellas mess with walnuts in the fall.
Letting them dry out while the temps are still decent
Anyone have a good recipe for a black walnut cake??
That's a pretty cool way your Dad would use that as stain, I'd never heard of that before.I remember back in the '60s, my mom (RIP) & I would collect black walnuts from under a HUGE tree in an old cemetery back in Connecticut, 3 or 4 five gal. pails full. The hulls were still mostly green.
She used to let them sit with the pail covers on until the husks would kinda liquefy. Then we'd cover an empty pail with 1/2 " screen and pour the "juice" into that pail for my dad (RIP). He was a finish carpenter and would use it as stain.
Then we'd don a pair of elbow long rubber gloves and peel off what was left on the nuts., rinse, spread out and let dry. (Had to watch those squirrels though!)
Mom & I would crack em with a hammer on a cement block. I remember they were hard as rocks. She would use em in her banana bread, carrot cake and in cookies. Those black walnuts had such a strong and distinctive, but not over powering flavor, it just added to the whole fall / holidays New England experience. Fond memories.
David,David,Those appear to have husks still on.They are much easier to remove now.After removing husks I put 5 gal at a time in an old cement mixer,plus 5 gals water and let them run for about an hr.Does a great job of knocking everything loose,rinse and let dry..I made a cracker out of old mower trans gears. Great in any cookie mix..
Kind of looks like a mini horizontal arbor press. Now that I have a decent shop, I've got a serious American made arbor press (5T). Now all I need are some black walnuts!david, here's my newest cobjob..gears from ?mower trans..used brgs from deck,a little imagination.I'm not an engineer but have friends who are,,These gears gave me a 2 1/4 ratio of leverage and works pretty good but boy do pieces fly,gotta make a cover..Used neighbors "grandpa's goody getter " (available online for 179.) that works good,couldn't talk myself into the price.sooo...a vice will work but leverage is the key these babies are hard
Just another reason to leave the ags w/weight or turf tires on the GT!!Jim, my gear drive works perfect on every other nut but it can't be exaggerated how tough black walnuts can be !! A lot of folks drive over them to get the husks off but the nut doesn't break...