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Sunflower seeds
Tue 12-Jan-10
5:52 pm
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JoannaS
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Having spent nearly all day separating sunflower seeds from their husks I have decided there must be a better way. I have been doing it in short bouts and using a rolling pin to crush the husks. I think part of my problem is that they seeds have been roasted and so the seeds are brittle too and not separating from the husks so well. Help! Please!Doh

Wed 13-Jan-10
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Train some Greenfinches to do it for you?Laugh

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Wed 13-Jan-10
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Big_LaughBig_LaughBig_Laugh Big_Laugh  Brilliant!

I'll try that again!

Wed 13-Jan-10
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Will Coal Tits do we don't seem to have any Greenfinches? Laugh

Mon 18-Jan-10
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Hey Joanna,

I found this blurb on whfoods.org

Tips for Preparing Sunflower Seeds:

If you want to remove the shells from unshelled sunflower seeds, there are easier ways to remove the shell than by hand, which requires a lot of diligence and time. The quickest way to shell sunflower seeds is to grind them in a seed mill and then place them in cold water where the shells will float to the top and can be skimmed off with a slotted spoon.

While not as efficient, another alternative for those who don't have seed mills (which is probably the majority of us) is to put a small amount of seeds into the bowl of an electric mixer, pulsing the mixer on and off a few times for a few seconds each time, until the shells separate but not too many seeds are crushed. Then plunge the seeds into cold water as described above to separate them from the shells. However, shelled sunflower seeds are plentiful in the stores so there is no need to go through the trouble unless you have harvested them from your garden.

Hope that helps!

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Mon 18-Jan-10
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JoannaS
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Thanks that is helpful, unfortunately for some unknown reason shelled sunflower seeds are not available here in Latvia so if I want sunflower seeds I shall have to extract them myself Doh. Next year we hope to have some sunflowers growing as well.

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