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Old 12-16-2008, 01:59 PM
 
Location: St Thomas, US Virgin Islands
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I thought you might enjoy this thread that I started when I found walnuts here at my new house. Like you, I wanted to use them...

//www.city-data.com/forum/garde...r-walnuts.html

I think they thought I was nuts!
That's the thread I was referring to earlier - everything you ever wanted to know about walnuts!
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Old 12-16-2008, 02:38 PM
 
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That's the thread I was referring to earlier - everything you ever wanted to know about walnuts!
I learned that squirrels love them.

And that,... I prefer buying them from the store.
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Old 12-16-2008, 03:09 PM
 
Location: The Rock!
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We used to lay the gathered walnuts with the green hull still on them and lay them in the driveway (dirt drive). The hulls would eventually be broken off of them after a few weeks of just driving the pickup over them in routine coming and going! Once they dry out, you gather them up and crack them open! We had a really nice "industrial" sized walnut cracker too, btw.
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:22 PM
 
Location: In the Pearl of the Purchase, Ky
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Put a sign in your yard..."free walnuts"
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Old 12-16-2008, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Grosse Ile Michigan
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Smell them. They smell wonderful.
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:06 AM
 
Location: Northeast Tennessee
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Unfortunately, here at our place we have two huge walnut trees that line the lower part of the drive... so what do we do with ours? Run them over with the car tires.

Never seem to ever have the time to get em, so the traffic smashes them.
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Old 12-17-2008, 03:15 AM
 
Location: Eastern Kentucky
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We crack ours by laying a sheet of newspaper over our laps, placing an old flatiron (the ones that was heated on a stove and used to iron clothes, you can find them at flea markets) with the handle down between our legs, and hitting with a hammer. You don't have to hit all that hard. It does take awhile to get the nut meat picked out.
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Old 12-17-2008, 09:14 AM
 
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We crack ours by laying a sheet of newspaper over our laps, placing an old flatiron (the ones that was heated on a stove and used to iron clothes, you can find them at flea markets) with the handle down between our legs, and hitting with a hammer. You don't have to hit all that hard. It does take awhile to get the nut meat picked out.
A hammer does seem to be the best "nutcracker"...

I bought an inexpensive nutcracker that did nothing to them.

I'll probably try this again next fall when I have more time!
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Old 12-17-2008, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Mountains of middle TN
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Thank you all for the responses!!

We've been here two years and always wondered what kind of tree we had. We actually have two that I know of. I'd forgotten about the one out by the road!

Alrighty, so if the girls misbehave.................. *evil laugh* I thought you were going to say to clobber them with a bag of walnuts BTW. LOL!!!

Ours are on the ground and the husk is all brown and mushy and gross. Guess it's just a matter of us taking off the husk and letting them dry a couple weeks then??

Hey - what happens to them if we don't pick them up?? I've not noticed them laying around in the yard. I can't imagine something with a shell that think would decompose so quickly? Our house was vacant for 15 years before we bought it. I'd think it would be covered with them!
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Old 12-17-2008, 06:23 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Wink Nuts to you ;-)

You’ll have to pick them up sooner or later. They can get very messy to deal with. I remember my father many years ago would collect all of them in the yard. Let the green outer husk dry and fall off. After you get to the harder nut, crack it with a hammer and put them into a bucket. Then in the evenings he’d sit and watch tv or listen to the radio and with a small pick remove the fruit. He also used a pair of pliers if needed. After putting all the fruit into a bowl, he’d have about a pound of nuts to eat and put into cookies or brownies. It may or may not be worth all the work, depends on what you’d like to do with your time.
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