As a part of our mission to live off the land and be as self sufficient as we reasonably can, we harvested the walnuts off our land.
We have just 3 acres and 3 (that I know of) walnut trees. And an UNBELIEVABLE amount of walnuts!
This was the first time I have harvested walnuts. My husband watched his father and uncles do it growing up, but it was also a first for him. I used to think of walnuts as the giant annoying balls in the yard that left black stains on everything that touched them. But now, with my new mindset, I saw food. I mean seriously, do you know how much we eat store bought nuts?
So, we started by collecting them. The kids loved this part, especially the younger ones. We went into the yard with a 5 gallon bucket and picked up all the walnuts we could find. We had to do this a few times over a period of about 2 weeks. It took that long for them to all fall off the tree. And yes, we had to wait for them to fall. Our trees are really tall.
So, after we collected a few bucket loads I dumped them in the driveway. This works best on a gravel driveway since the colors can stain. Then we drove over them for about a week. This gets all the green outer coat off the nut, cleans them quite nicely and allows them to dry for a while.
After they were clean we collected them again; this time off the driveway. And I left them in the 5 gallon buckets a few more weeks.
|After weeks they finally look like walnuts!|
Then it was FINALLY time to get crackin'. Literally, we had a lot of nut cracking to do!
We borrowed my in-laws walnut cracker, which was a Godsend!