Sweet pickled black walnuts take three weeks to make but they last for ages. Pick the walnuts in summer before the hard nut forms inside the green shell.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
20 mins
additional:
3 weeks
total:
3 weeks
Servings:
32
Yield:
8 pints
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Ingredients

32
Original recipe yields 32 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Use rubber gloves to handle the young walnuts and pierce each one a few times with the tines of a fork. Watch out for the clear juice this produces. It stains a dark, espresso brown and is a natural dye. Place the walnuts into a bucket and fill with enough water to cover. Stir in 3/4 cup of salt to make a brine. Soak walnuts for 1 week, then drain and make the brine again. Soak for 1 more week.

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  • After the second week, drain the walnuts and lay them out on trays to dry in an airy place. In a couple of days they will turn black. Once they have all turned black, they are ready to pickle.

  • In a large pot, stir together the malt vinegar, brown sugar, allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. Bring to a boil and then add the walnuts. Simmer over medium heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

  • Spoon the walnuts into sterile jars and fill with the syrup to within 1/2 inch of the top. Seal with lids and rings. Store in the refrigerator or process in a hot water bath for 10 minutes. Cool to room temperature and store in a cool dark place.

Tips

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Nutrition Facts

419 calories; protein 13.7g 27% DV; carbohydrates 23.1g 8% DV; fat 33.5g 52% DV; cholesterol 0mg; sodium 15mg 1% DV. Full Nutrition
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2010
they were good!!:) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/07/2012
I'm really confused about this recipe. Are we supposed to pickle the walnuts whole & while still green with the shell and husk still on? Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/18/2010
they were good!!:) Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/07/2012
I'm really confused about this recipe. Are we supposed to pickle the walnuts whole & while still green with the shell and husk still on? Read More
(2)
Rating: 5 stars
11/28/2014
delicious! great with brie as an appetizer for thanksgiving Read More
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