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Re: [nafex] Black Walnut skin removal

At 04:04 PM 07/11/2000 -0400, you wrote:
>I am in Colorado and have a black walnut loaded with nuts this year---Can
>suggest a methop of getting the outside covering off without permanently dying
>hands and everything within 5 yards?????
>                    dale3693@aol.com

I dump mine out in my gravel driveway and run over them with the car/truck 
for a week or so - this will loosen or remove the majority of husk 
material, the remainder of which can be removed manually.  If you don't 
want your hands stained, wear a pear of latex gloves or even leather work 
After removal of the majority of husk material, I dump them into a 5 gallon 
bucket of water and stir briskly with a crowbar, changing the water until 
it comes relatively clear, then spread in a cool dry place to cure.  Any 
nuts that float are discarded(after cracking a few to make sure they're not 
a superior, thin-shelled type), as they're usually 'blanks'.

I've heard of people using one of the old-fashioned hand-cranked corn 
shellers to loosen husks, and I have one, but have never used it for that 
purpose.  I'm under the impression that you still have to do quite a bit of 
manual husk removal, though.
Lucky Pittman
USDA Zone 6
Hopkinsville, KY

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