[NAFEX] Shelling butternuts

hans brinkmann hans-brinkmann at t-online.de
Sat Aug 9 14:52:27 EDT 2008


Hallo Deb,

the strongest and absolute best nut cracker for black walnuts, 
butternuts and all other nuts is

*the Master Nut Cracker         
nuttynuts at centurytel.net*

Sold at USA and Canada and shipped e.g. also to Europe.
I know some others, but this is the best - indeed!

ciao
hans


Lucky.Pittman at murraystate.edu schrieb:
> Like Jim, I use a vise to crack black walnuts and
> shellbark hickory nuts.
> I do, however, remove the husk material and wash them
> to remove the bulk of the husk material -
> particularly with black walnuts(I've got no
> experience with butternuts), as the husks turn black
> & mushy, the kernel will become stained and may take
> on some 'off-flavors'.  
> If you'll soak your nuts in a pan/bucket of hot water
> for an hour or so before beginning a session of
> cracking, the shells will absorb enough moisture that
> they'll bend, buckle, and split, rather than
> exploding into pieces when you reach 'critical pressure'.
> Usually, with the vise, a pair of diagonal
> wire-cutting pliers, and a nutpick, I can get mostly
> intact halves/quarters out of the thickest-shelled BW
> or hickory - though hickory nuts with prominent
> internal ridges do tend to 'trap' some kernels.
>
> Lucky
>
>
> ------- Original Message -------
> >From    : Jim Fruth[mailto:jfruth at tds.net]
> Sent    : 8/9/2008 8:37:38 AM
> To      : nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
> Cc      : 
> Subject : RE: [NAFEX] Shelling butternuts
>
>  Deb S. wrote, "How do you tell the nuts are ready
> for harvest?  Is there 
> anything special
> one needs to do to shell and use these?."
>
>     Once the squirrels start stealing them, or when
> the first fall off the 
> tree, they are ready for harvesting.  I spread mine
> out on a tarp with 
> netting over the top to keep the critters from
> carrying them off.  Some 
> people I know, who don't have a squirrel problem,
> cover their driveway with 
> the nuts to remove the husk by driving over them.  I
> wait until the husks 
> are dry to the touch, then bag them up to shell them
> during the Winter 
> months.  I remove the husks before cracking the nuts.
>     When I shell them, I get 90% perfect whole
> halves.  I have two shallow 
> holes drilled in each end of my vise jaws so that
> when I tighten them 
> together with the points of the nut, each in a hole,
> the nut is 
> perpendicular to the jaws.  Drilling the holes isn't
> totally necessary if 
> your fingers are strong enough to hold the nut in
> place while you tighten 
> the vise but if you fail to hold the nut, end to end,
> perpendicular to the 
> jaws, you won't get halves and, more often than not,
> you'll get mush.
>     I tried this method with black walnuts and
> hickory nuts with limited 
> success.
>
>
> Jim Fruth
> Brambleberry Farm
> Pequot Lakes, MN  56472
> For jams, jellies & syrups:
> www.bberryfarm.com
> (877)265-6856 [Store]
> (218)831-7018 [My Cell] 
>
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