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What is the easiest way to crack black walnut shells?

Asked by marinelife (62455points) November 6th, 2011

They are among the hardest of nut shells. Anyone have any ideas?

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john65pennington's avatar

Nut cracker and a nut picking tool.

A nut cracker can be found at Dollar General Store.

Just make sure the walnuts are not green inside.

gasman's avatar

The best nutcrackers imho are the screw type, usually made of wood, such as this. The shells are cracked in a controlled fashion, enough but not too much, while your hand over the opening keeps any pieces from flying.

mitochondrian's avatar

I use a pliers to hold the walnut and then whack it with a hammer. It works best on a cement surface though, like a cement basement floor.

mitochondrian's avatar

Oh, and crack it along the seams. I bet using a cinder block would work well if you don’t have a cement basement floor or don’t want to find a place outside that’s cemented. You can find a cinder block at your local brickyard or I bet Home Depot or Menard’s. It’s not fancy or anything, but hammer and pliers does the job.

MRSHINYSHOES's avatar

We have a Butternut tree in our yard that drops hard nuts similar to the Black Walnut. And the nuts stain your hands too. But they’re delicious.

This is what I do. I gather some of the nuts in a rice (hemp) sack, tie it up, and put the bag in my driveway. I then drive my car over the nuts to crack them. It always works.

You can also use a big nutcracker, but then you can only crack one nut at a time.

dabbler's avatar

Work out more. NSFW
(Not meaning to offend, I found it hilarious, this is social after all)

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