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Pickling Walnuts

Posted by Annabelle's Papa - Created: 3 years ago
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Posted by Jo Taylor-790528 - 3 years ago

No, don't leave it longer, you run the risk of the shells beginning to form.

Have you done the needle test?

If so, and they're still soft, and they appear nice and fresh and green (not mottled brown - that would be an indication that there's something wrong) I'd go ahead - you'll just have mini-pickles! 

If in doubt, cut a couple in half and see if they look OK inside - full and moist.


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Posted by Annabelle's Papa - 3 years ago

Hi Jo Taylor, would you advise to leave it a week or two or even forget the idea of pickling this year ?

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Posted by Jo Taylor-790528 - 3 years ago

John - you need to brine them for a couple of weeks, too... full recipes were given in the original thread:

"Annabelle's Papa" is just concerned about the size. Most walnuts are bigger than damsons at this time of year.

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Posted by John Rodney - 3 years ago

Easy peasy.  Pick while still green.  Prick all over with a skewar, or similar.  Wear waterproof gloves, the brown stain after pricking takes ages to dissapear from your hands.  Mmmm! it might give a good quick tan.  The nut inside is bound to be smaller they are not fully formed.  But, of course, you are pickling the whole thing to eat not just the nut inside.  Enjoy.

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Posted by Jo Taylor-790528 - 3 years ago

It's probably simply not a very good year for them - it does vary.

Some years we'd have buckets full of large ones - occasionally just tiny ones with hardly any nut inside - and once or twice, none at all, if storms had stripped the blossom in spring. Depends on the weather as with most crops.

If in doubt, though, don't leave it too late - once there is a hint of a shell forming they're useless for pickling.

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Posted by simone2-422892 - 3 years ago

Hi, I pickled some walnuts a few years ago  it was a good year for walnuts and they were a good size, notice this year our own tree are really small walnuts this year.