This is my third and final post about the walnut harvesting. Please see my previous articles Two Nuts Harvesting Nuts In The Fall and Two Nuts Harvesting Nuts In The fall Part Two.

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.

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Squirrel

Handsome little dude leaning on crystal acting all nonchalant – love it! See how close he is to the nuts.

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Squirrel Stealing Nuts

Eye contact is made! 

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Making Eye Contact With The Squirrel

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.

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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:

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three

Okay sorry to derail the article with squirrel love – but I do love the little guys. Now back to the walnuts…

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Tons of 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.

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Most walnuts however, looked spectacular!

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Closeup of Walnut

So I gathered up a basketful to take to my makeshift nut cracking plant.

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Walnuts collected in basket.

The “plant” was just a short walk to the garage …

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Carrying basket to garage

Inside my walnut processing plant, I prepared to do work!

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Preparing To Crack Nuts

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!

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Cracking Nut

And there were a few disappointments:

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Cracked Nut Is Rotten

Rotten walnuts are no fun.

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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!

Two Nuts Harvesting Walnuts In The Fall Part Three Nut Meats!

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! 

 

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