Those of you that are regular followers know Steve is always coming up with things when they are needful for us. He is definitely a creative one. Well, you also know that we love Black Walnuts - we have come to love their strong flavor much better than regular English walnuts. So last year was a record year for black walnuts, but this year they were sporadic at best. However, we did locate some. They have been sitting drying for several months and now Steve will begin take the shells off. I've featured on here before the huge nut cracker we have in order to make it easy to do the walnuts, but then there are all the little pieces that you have to separate from the meat of the shell. Huge sigh here. I'm responsible for the 2nd sorting and we've been biting down on a few shells with our teeth - so something had to be "invented" to stop that from happening.
I had tried using my flour sifter to separate the shells and the meat and that did not work so hot - so Steve saw me trying that and came up with something that actually worked.
I'm not sure if you can actually tell what this is - but it is a piece of screening, wire, whatever you call this stuff :) and he just cut out the bottom of a glad ware container and replaced the bottom with this screen.
Then a simple "shake" of the nuts and all the small shells and "junk" fall thru the screen, leaving us ith the best meat of the walnuts. Now we do lose some of the smaller, smaller pieces, but the squirrels are enjoying that for breakfast now!In this picture there is not a lot of anything - but that was the first "shake down"!
We have since hot glued the wire into the bottom of the container and it works great! So there's a new tip for you if you are one that likes to do your own nuts too!!! Have a great SAturday!