Pickled Walnuts 

Pickling walnuts is a three-week process from picking to preserving, it is dead simple to make a plentiful supply of pickled walnuts


2kg freshly picked black walnuts
225g salt
Sweet Pickling Syrup

1 litre malt vinegar
500g brown sugar
1 teaspoon allspice
1 teaspoon cloves
teaspoon cinnamon
1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
green walnuts ready to be pickled


not my hands...mine were worse!In the UK pick walnuts at the end of June before the hard nut forms inside the green shiny case. Pick a bucketful and, wearing rubber gloves, prick each walnut a couple of times with a fork. Watch out for the clear juice this produces. It is deceptive, as it stains a dark brown.

Cover the walnuts with water and add salt. Leave for a week, then drain and renew with fresh brine solution for another week or so.

Next, lay walnuts out on trays in a dry, airy place. In a couple of days they will turn jet black. Now the walnuts are ready for to be pickled..

For the sweet pickling syrup

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Bring syrup mix to the boil, then add walnuts and simmer for 15 minutes.

Cool and spoon walnuts into large jars, then cover with syrup. They will last for years. These pickled walnuts are great with cheese or cold meats, and make an interesting colour contrast on a pile of mashed potato.

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"The pickled walnut recipe sounds fun, saves the walnuts from the squirrels! Do you have a recipe for Squirrels and walnut casserole? There's a sort of irony if this were possible." - Richard Tedder

"I found this - just add chopped walnuts"  http://dnausers.d-n-a.net/dnetIULU/fad/squirrel5.txt - Gizzard

comments: John McMaster

You are very, very bad for the Englanders balance of payments problem, in your own modest way.
Your page on pickled walnuts has stopped me importing 300-400 dollars/year of the fantastic condiment from the English homeland!
Thanks for saving me the $$.
If you ever visit the Northwest of North America (Oregon to Alaska), I'll show you around and buy you some beer with the $$ I now have to spare.