Fantastic ways to use foraged walnuts

Freshly harvested walnuts.
Freshly harvested walnuts.

Walnuts are some of the best nuts for foraging and there are all sorts of fantastic ways to use them.

Last week, I wrote about how to shell your dried walnuts and harvest the meats. Now it’s time to put them to good use! You can eat them raw or grind them and use them as salad toppings, but the flavor can be too strong for some people. Because of the oils in the meats, if they are not prepared or stored properly they will go rancid.With that said, here’s a list of ways to preserve the meats or use them in ways you probably never imagined.

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Preserving them:

* Toasting – this gives them a wonderful flavor and dries them out, preserving them indefinitely.

* Freezing – an easy way to preserve them. (pdf file)

* Soaking and Dehydrating – this adds salt and removes the oils.

* Dry Canning – using either a hot water bath or a pressure canner.

Processing them:

* Walnut Milk

* Walnut Flour or Meal

* Walnut Butter

Cooking with them:

* Walnut Pesto (archived)

* Candied Walnuts (white sugar) (brown sugar)

* Walnut Spreads (walnut-pepper spread) (honey-walnut-cream cheese spread)

* Tamari Walnuts (spicy tamari-glazed)

Be sure to also check out’s 12 great ways to use walnuts (PDF) and the California Walnuts website!


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    Foraging walnuts 101 | A Magical Life

    (September 9, 2015 - 3:22 pm)

    […] someplace cool like a cellar or porch. In spring, I harvest the meats and have a number of ways to preserve them and treats to make with […]

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