Shelling Hickory Nuts

I have a hickory tree and picked up about a 1/2 bushel of nuts. I have never saved them before so I am not sure about removing the husks. Do you just peel them off? Also, I wondered if there was an easy way to crack them? I would like to make my mother's fudge recipe using these if I can figure out an easy way to do it.

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Hardiness Zone: 5b

By Elaine from Belle Plaine, IA

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November 17, 20100 found this helpful

Hi Laniegirl These two links should give you the info you're looking for and the third link gives info on how to roast them. :-)
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www.ehow.com/how_7389522_prepare-wild-hickory...
www.ehow.com/how_5326168_roast-hickory-nuts.html

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November 17, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks Deeli, doesn't look like there is an easy way does it? Well, when I get snowed in, then maybe I can give it a try!

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November 18, 20100 found this helpful

Elaine
I was born and raised in Arkansas and we had tons of Hickory trees around our house. We use to pick them up in 5 Gallon buckets and put them in my Fathers garage for Winter time. We'd crack them on a brick with our hammer and flatten the point of a med size nail to dig out the goodies.

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Take the outside husk off first. You would do the Black Walnut the same way. They make delicious candy, cakes and cookies. Use them as you would a pecan.

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December 6, 20160 found this helpful

I read that if you soak them in water first , they will crack easier

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