Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

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Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby Fallenangel » Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:51 pm

I've picked some of the above for the first time earlier this week. I suspect I may have done so a little early, but I was reluctant to wait as last year I did and they had all gone by the time I went back.

I've had a google around for ideas on how to prepare them, and come away even more confused :? Some links said to boil, some to roast, and some said do nothing and just leave them for six weeks!

Any advice/experience would be gratefully appreciated.

Thanks in advance, Rachael
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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby Thomzo » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:01 pm

I accidentally pruned off a branch from my hazel that had green nuts on it. They've been sat in my conservatory for the last week and I reckon they're pretty much ripe now. If you haven't got a conservatory, a south facing windowsill should do, if we ever get any sun that is.

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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby Green Aura » Sat Aug 25, 2012 4:09 pm

When we were kids we used to pick and eat them green - they were tasty.

I have no idea whether they're harmful but I'm still around to tell the tale. :dontknow:
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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby wabbit955 » Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:26 pm

you can eat them green or ripe
i would never boil them as you would lose flavour
but roasted is always good
i use a lot in work when in season
i make ever thing from biscults to ice cream with them
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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby Fallenangel » Sun Aug 26, 2012 11:00 am

Thank you everyone for the replies.

If I roast them, do I roast them in their shells or without? And what is the easiest way to shell them?
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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby wabbit955 » Sun Aug 26, 2012 4:48 pm

remove shells before roasting
hit them lightly with hammer
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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby Zech » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:43 am

wabbit955 wrote:hit them lightly with hammer

don't they skid about all over the place? I use old fashioned nutcrackers, but I've never tried any other way.
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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby wabbit955 » Mon Aug 27, 2012 11:53 am

i put loads between old cloth hit them then sort them out much quicker than one at a time
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Re: Prepare freshly picked cob/hazelnuts?

Postby Annemieke » Tue Nov 20, 2012 5:25 pm

Just keep them a few weeks - like walnuts they need to dry out a bit, though someone I know prefers them fresh.
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