Jenny and Mal­colm's tips for dry­ing and stor­ing wal­nuts and hazel­nuts

NZ Lifestyle Block - - Feature -

Get

the nuts off the ground as quickly as pos­si­ble, which stops mois­ture spoil­ing the nuts, and also gets them out of the clutches of ver­min.

Wash

the shells if they are dirty, then dry the out­side shell as quickly as pos­si­ble. This re­quires an af­ter­noon or two in full sun, ro­tat­ing the nuts ev­ery so of­ten.

Keep

the nuts in an area where air can flow around them for 6-8 weeks.

Don't

store nuts in sacks with ground rubbish or bad nuts as these will cause good nuts to de­te­ri­o­rate.

Use

onion sacks for stor­age to pro­mote air flow through the bags, hang­ing half-full sacks. Move the nuts around each time you pass them.

Don't

store nuts un­der tar­pau­lins as this will cause them to sweat.

Nuts

can be kept in the freezer to pro­tect the good fats they con­tain.

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