How to Remove Skin From Walnuts

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How to Remove Skin From Walnuts
Walnuts contain vitamin E and are a good source of healthy fats. (walnuts image by rafalwit from

The waxy, white skin found on shelled walnuts can leave a slightly bitter taste. Some recipes recommend removing the skins of the tree nut before adding to breads, pastas, salads and other dishes. There are a few, simple at-home tricks you can use to take the skin off walnuts and improve the flavour of your meal.

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Things you need

  • Baking tray or pan
  • Towel
  • Strainer
  • Slotted spoon
  • Paper towels
  • Milk

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  1. 1

    Toast the walnuts. Preheat an oven to 176 degrees C. Arrange walnuts in a single layer on a baking tray. Bake the walnuts for 8 to 10 minutes. Walnuts can also be toasted over medium-high heat in a pan on the hob. Toast walnuts in this way for three to five minutes, stirring them occasionally.

    Once the nuts are toasted, place them inside a towel, close the towel and rub with your hands to loosen and remove the skins. Pour the walnuts into a strainer to dispose of the skins.

  2. 2

    Soak the walnuts in milk overnight. Use enough milk to cover the nuts. The next day, pour the walnuts and milk into a strainer. Remove the walnuts and rub them between your fingers to loosen and remove the skin.

  3. 3

    Boil the walnuts in water. Bring a pot of water to a boil. Add the walnuts and boil for two to three minutes. Remove the walnuts with a slotted spoon and transfer to a paper towel. Most of the skin should come off during the boiling.

Tips and warnings

  • A small paring knife, pick or similar tool can be used to remove skin from the walnut's crevices.
  • If not using the walnuts right away, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator or freezer. The high fat content in walnuts make them very perishable.

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