- Almost any black walnut I see has plenty of nuts. Gather the green and yellow nuts in a container. Me and my 3 year old gathered plenty without gloves in a short amount of time.
- If the nuts are already black I they may have absorbed bitter flavor from the husk, plus they're a bit messy for my son to just grab. But they are the perfect ones to get for dye because they fall apart easily.
- If you know of a tree near a gravel road or driveway, you might find already hulled nuts ready to be picked up
- As above a tree above a gravel road may have nuts all hulled
- You can hand hull, but wear gloves because they'll stain your skin black
- Rolling them around with your feet is pretty quick and easy
- A corn sheller has been known to de hull nuts quickly
- Put them on your driveway and drive over them for a week. You can speed this up if you do a little tire spinning, but it can also break a few of your nuts.
No more hulls
Dry your nuts in an onion bag. It will take 3-6 weeks depending on conditions.
- If you wan the hulls for dye, just leave them on, the hulls come off easier with age. They will leak dye on things as they dry so be careful.
- You can dry your hulled nuts by putting them on the floor of some shed you don't use, in a bucket or cardboard box in the garage, the dye will last all year. I put mine in a cardboard box in the shed. Be careful that the dye doesn't leak out on to something you don't want brown.
- A dried hulled nut is super easy to crush the hull off and use. Just press on it, no gloves needed.
Cracking the nuts
- Put the pointed end of the nut down and break in half with a hammer, break the halves in to 1/4 and then gently break the quarters to 1/8ths You should be able to easily get your nuts out. I use a mini sledge.
- Click the Kenkal nut cracker http://www.nuttrees.net/
- The drill cracker http://www.lawn-gardening-tools.com/nut-shellers-and-nut-rollers/automatic-walnut-cracker--automatic-walnut-cracker.html
- mohabi, universal nut crackers, etc etc. You can spend a lot on the high end crackers so do your research.
- I've dyed wax with it, you can dye traps with it, wool etc
- Heat up a pot of boiling water
- Add hulls, old nuts are ok too.
- Bring to boiling again and add your shirts, water needs to be hot to set color