After some small experimentation, I have decided that, for my small scale processing, the boot method looks like it will work.
|The one showing ridges is ready for drying - the others need another round of cleaning.
- Look for walnuts where the husk has darkened on on side
- Step on walnut with heel of "mucky boot" and squash
- With rubber/latex glove, "squirt" walnut out of hull
- Leave hull to decompose right where it is
- Fill 5 gallon bucket until bucket is about half full
- Use the "jet" setting on a hose sprayer nozzle to spray walnuts in the bucket until water just covers the walnuts
- Use a 3 prong hand cultivator to mix the walnuts against each other until the water is really dark
- I am discarding the water where I am trying to kill weeds on my gravel driveway
- Repeat the rinsing cycle a few times
- Spread nuts out to dry
I was able to process three times as many walnuts as my first try (4 hours for a mixing bowl full of walnuts) - in about half an hour. I could have probably cut the time down, but I spent a lot of the time picking up walnuts being slow and lazy. If I had put some energy into it, I'm sure I could have picked up that many walnuts in a much shorter time period.
From what I have read, Black Walnuts often only produce every other year or every 3rd year or so. There are still buckets of walnuts to harvest, so I am assuming this is one of the "good" years. So gotta harvest enough to have walnuts for a few years of brownies and banana bread! (And I say that like I actually bake...)
|These ones have been drying for about a week now.