Walnuts, what to do?

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Biggles !

Walnuts, what to do?

I've been given a large bag of walnuts, fallen off the tree; what to do?

Do I remove the outer green skin? or what?

Walnut, total novice :0)
Any help and suggestions much appreciated.

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Yummy

Walnuts. what to do

"Walnut, total novice :0)
Any help and suggestions much appreciated."

I would leave the skins to turn black and wither as this is when the kernels will pop out more easily. Be VERY careful when you eventually take them out of their outer casing as the juices will stain your hands BLACK !!! and it is very difficult to remove. I have put the skins into a little jar of white spirits and used for staining wood (beams etc) in the past. Keep it in your shed for any repairs to furniture (dark wood of course).
When the outer cases are removed, leave the nuts to dry out before cracking open, then allow the kernels to also dry a little before storing to avoid "damping off" . Sounds a faff but worth it the taste of fresh walnuts is gorgeous.

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Dolores

Walnuts....

Biggs, I used to have a walnut tree in the garden but unfortunately, it had to go a few years ago now...
years ago, I used to pickle them but you have to do this just as they are dropping from the tree....other than that, I used to pick, shell and eat them fresh....lovely!
you could leave them to dry and use in cake recipes etc...x

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violet eyes

Walnuts

Hello Biggles, we have a walnut tree in our garden, it's about 12 years old and growing larger every year. Most of our walnuts seem to fall from the tree without the green shell, that part is left hanging on the tree.I picked a load up just the other day, they are quite nice eaten fresh but I suppose I could let them dry out a bit. I agree about them making your hands/nails black if removing them from the green shells, maybe wear some rubber gloves.
If you intend to use your walnuts in a cake, don't forget me, I'm always about :o)

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Biggles !

Walnut's

Thank you very much ladies, your help is much appreciated and the various tips. Will def be making some walnut stain :0)

Never forget about your liking for cake VE. I've not yet made Impi's fruit cake with the dried apricots. I'm now thinking it will be apricot and walnut :0)

Just had 7 laying hens arrive today for a little holiday with us. So, if they have not been too stressed by the journey I'm hoping for a regular and plentiful supply of eggs. They arrived with a dozen freshly packed eggs as well :0)

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Tooodlepips

if you're planning on keeping them for later use, make sure they are well dried. They need three weeks to dry out in an airy place, otherwise they will turn mouldy.

I was given masses of walnuts last year but they hadn't been dried for long enough and most of them ended up being thrown away. Gutted!

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Tooodlepips

you could pickle some if you like them pickled. I don't think you remove the outer casing if you're doing this. Google will have loads of advice if you fancy doing it.

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Welshcookie

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Sadly it is too late to pickle them. It has to be done before the shell has started to form. This is ascertained by pricking them at the end opposite the stalk with a needle, usually in early July I seem to remember, and certainly before they fall. Many, many years since I did this so open to correction.

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Gravy Queen

Walnuts

Lucky you Biggs, I love walnuts. Have you got Delia's new Christmas book yet? Fab recipe in there for pasta with walnut sauce.

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JAMES

Walnuts.

Yes GQ, I really fancy that recipe too. Shall def be doing that one soon.

xx

 
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