I won’t lie, the whole walnut harvesting thing has me a little nutty!
I would do it again though!
We ended up losing a portion of our harvest to, you guessed it, squirrels!
I am okay with that, we have other food resources and these little guys need the nuts!
This little guy was sneaking up on our covered water pond to sneak a nut off our table.
I snapped a few photos of him through the window.
Handsome little dude leaning on crystal acting all nonchalant – love it! See how close he is to the nuts.
Eye contact is made!
After that, I left the room so he could sneak a nut without fear. I did not get a photo of that but I am sure it happened. We have a huge squirrel population in Topeka, Kansas overall and I have lived in Topeka my entire life, yet I have never had as many squirrels as where I live now, North of Topeka. They do not seem to live in my neighbor’s yard as much as mine. They must like me. I sure like them! We hear them scampering on our roof daily. Here are some photos I snapped of squirrel nests in one of our trees.
This is a tree right outside the back of my house, the squirrels have three nests in this tree alone. Here they are close up:
Okay sorry to derail the article with squirrel love – but I do love the little guys. Now back to the walnuts…
Above are some of the nuts we had left. In the previous article, I told you that we had put the nuts on cardboard, which was an improvement over plastic as we had originally placed them, but even cardboard was a mistake, because cardboard too will absorb moisture. So we decided to put them directly on our glass table top. Next year we plan to find a way to keep them on something screened so they get airflow. Lesson learned as some nuts still got a bit moldy.
Most walnuts however, looked spectacular!
So I gathered up a basketful to take to my makeshift nut cracking plant.
The “plant” was just a short walk to the garage …
Inside my walnut processing plant, I prepared to do work!
There was some technique to be learned in using the medieval machine my neighbor loaned me, which I talked about in my original article. I squashed a couple nuts, ouch!
And there were a few disappointments:
Rotten walnuts are no fun.
For the most part, I had great success and I figured out exactly how to work the medieval nutcracker. It is a lot less effort than traditional cracking, saves time too!
Before long I had a nice healthy, tasty snack in my hand!
I decided not to crack more as I wanted to wait for my husband to join me in the process. We started this journey as a team and will finish it as one. As sweet as that sounds there is no way I am cracking and shelling all of these nuts on my own! Haha!
I hope that we will make some nice nut muffins, brownies, or something special with them, but if not they will provide yumminess to my salads, and a healthy snack option for sure.
This gives us a nice project to do together over the coming weekend, which I do look forward to.
Thank you all for following my Two Nuts Harvesting Nuts In The Fall series. I have enjoyed writing it, and the entire process. Yes, I do think we will do it again next year, taking our lessons learned and applying them for even more success.
Please leave me a comment below if you have enjoyed this series, have any questions, even pointers for this newbie. Thanks!