Jenny and Malcolm's tips for drying and storing walnuts and hazelnuts
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.
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.
the nuts in an area where air can flow around them for 6-8 weeks.
store nuts in sacks with ground rubbish or bad nuts as these will cause good nuts to deteriorate.
onion sacks for storage to promote air flow through the bags, hanging half-full sacks. Move the nuts around each time you pass them.
store nuts under tarpaulins as this will cause them to sweat.
can be kept in the freezer to protect the good fats they contain.