Been thinking about Oil alot lately, the price of oil, the availablity of oil, how many ways I use that oil on a daily bases, how many times that oil ends up in some form of my food..
Bet you think I’m talking about Crude oil.. Nope.. I’m talking about Cooking oil.. I live in Zone 5 in the Great White North (aka Canada) and we are certainly limited in how to get oil that can be used in our cooking..
There is animal fat, such as rendering your own lard which is really great, I also raise ducks, and their fat is tops in so many ways.. but I don’t want to tied to just animal fat, so that means that I need to really look at what other choices do I have and the answer is clear.. Nuts!
I need to plant more Nut trees and I need to not only get the equipment to make my own nut oil but I need to do this yearly to get that touch and understanding that only doing can give you..
So far, I have Filburts and Heartnuts on the farm but I don’t think I want to limit myself to them.. Finally tracked down Hickory nuts and Hardy Pecans for my zone an so will add two more different nut trees this spring. Both of these tree’s need at least two to pollinate, so that would bring my Nut tree’s up to eight in total.. I believe that should be enough for our family needs and once into full production, possable use for trade in the future, either in nut form or in oil form.
Now if I could just track down a site that will tell me how much oil I will get for each pd of the different nuts.. So any of you grow nuts? Any of you ever make Nut Oil, or do you just many make Nut butter? which I figure should work for most baking items.