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1 month 4 weeks ago #545255 by sandgrubber

Is the problem in the scooping? Or the squashing? Roughly how many liters or nuts do you process?

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1 month 4 weeks ago #545257 by Chestnut Sue

I'm slow with the squashing but it's the scooping that's difficult. There may be something like a bread kneader which would separate the skins from the pulp, or a teaspoon on a block which would bypass the fine motor hand movement. I would probably do 30 - 40 litres ...just for my home use.

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1 month 4 weeks ago #545269 by Hawkspur

The method used here looks like it won't require any great thumb strength:

  • Halve with a large knife
  • boil 1 minute
  • place cut face down on bench, pinch the shell with pliers, and it should slide up and off, complete with skin.
(If any skin remains, while the chestnut is still moist from boiling, rub it in a teatowel.)

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1 month 4 weeks ago #545271 by spoook

Love this method, so easy. Now I just need the chestnuts.


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1 month 4 weeks ago #545289 by sandgrubber

Might an old fashioned clothes wringer do both jobs? Or perhaps make a pulp and set up a bottler jack to press the pulp away from the hulls. Pretty easy to manufacture... Just a heavy wire cage around a plunger - like thingy. Model on a fruit press

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1 month 4 weeks ago #545290 by sandgrubber

sandgrubber wrote: Might an old fashioned clothes wringer do both jobs? Or perhaps make a pulp and set up a bottle jack to press the pulp away from the hulls. Pretty easy to manufacture... Just a heavy wire cage around a plunger - like thingy. Model on a fruit press

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1 month 4 weeks ago #545291 by Chestnut Sue

Thankyou that could be a good idea especially as I have a lot of apples as well - I see bottle presses are used for making cider

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1 month 4 weeks ago #545300 by kateluke

Hey. We too have bought ours from Sarah at Edible Gardens in Palmerston Nth. Really recommend them ;) You are not going to be disappointed. ;)

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