LifestyleSay goodbye to hard shells: Grandma's trick for easy walnut peeling

Say goodbye to hard shells: Grandma's trick for easy walnut peeling

Peeling nuts
Peeling nuts
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10:41 AM EST, November 7, 2023

Do you enjoy the taste of walnuts yet detest peeling them from their hard shell? Perhaps you're irritated by the residual bitter skin you feel compelled to remove each time? There are actually several household tricks to simplify these tasks.

During fall, many valuable and tasty delicacies make their way into our kitchens. Certainly, walnuts are included in this list. They are not only excellent for baking, but also come handy in preparing a home dinner for the entire family.

Personally, my favorite use for walnuts is stuffing them into pork loin, turning a simple dish into a true feast for the palate following a stint in the oven. Concurrently, I relish snacking on walnuts. However, the drawback lies in peeling them, particularly the shell and skin stage. What appears to be a simple task can often be a challenge, demanding a great deal of dedication and time. Fortunately, it needn't be this hard.

Domestic tricks for handling walnuts

The greatest challenge in peeling nuts comes from the hard shell, which often seems uncooperative. However, this doesn't mean you have to struggle to remove it, or forego enjoying nuts entirely. An additional issue is the bitter skin, which isn't favored by all. It turns out that there are quick and straightforward methods to remove this as well.

But wait, there's more good news. Utilizing the domestic solutions detailed below, you won't need any complex devices to achieve your goal. Everything necessary is likely already in your home. Given the array of methods, you're sure to find a solution that will work for you in the long run.

Let's start with a technique to easily remove the shell, a method passed down from our grandmothers. Prior to peeling the nuts, they would soak them in hot water for 10 minutes. This simple procedure allows the nut shell to "loosen" under the heat, making its removal significantly easier and quicker.

Peeling nuts can be quite a challenge.
Peeling nuts can be quite a challenge.© Adobe Stock | Denys Kurbatov

High temperatures can also aid in removing the bitter skin from the nuts. All you need to do is briefly heat them in a frying pan, microwave or oven. Subsequently, transfer the nuts to a kitchen towel and commence rubbing. The skin should begin to peel away on its own.

There you have it! As you can see, it takes very little to deal with both the hard shell and bitter skin of the nuts. If you have other home tricks that could be useful here, feel free to share them with me. I am always eager to test new methods.

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