I collected 110 nice shag bark hickory nuts today…
Based on experience with them, if you try to crack them now, they are still green, very hard to get the nut meat out, and flavor is not quite there yet. Once dried, cured ? what ever you call it, they crack out much better and taste much better.
All that I have collected so far I just let them set outside on our back porch where they get some morning sun and after about a month, they crack out nicely and taste very good.
Well today — this evening — I remembered that I got this very nice dehydrator for Christmas and I have not even used it yet. I have been wanting to try it out.
I looked online and found some info on “drying” nuts in the shell… Looks like the source for that is Michigan State University Extension… below is the link and what they recommended.
ALTERNATIVE DRYING METHODS:
Small amounts of nuts in the shell can be dried in a furnace room or even on trays on a radiator providing the temperature do not exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures above 100 degrees Fahrenheit will affect flavor and shorten storage life. Nuts will be dry in 24 to 48 hours.
Nuts in the shell can also be dried in a food dehydrator if the temperature can be adjusted low enough. Follow manufacturer’s directions. Unshelled nuts will dry in 8 to 10 hours in a food dehydrator
So I have my 110 shagbark nuts (in the shell) in my fancy dehydrator… at 95 degrees for 16 hours.
Seemed like a reasonable way to start out.
Do any of you have experience at drying or curing hickory nuts in the shell, in a food dehydrator ?
There are really only two options… Temp, and Time… and my Temp will adjust down below 100… and I have it set on 95 now.
Any recommendations based on experience at this ?
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