A Creative Sunflower Sheller

This creative technique uses a vacuum cleaner as a sunflower sheller.


I raise sunflower seeds for my granola cereal. I use a paint stripper on my electric drill to strip the seeds off the heads onto a large piece of plastic. Then I run the seeds through a Kirby upright vacuum cleaner to remove the shells. (To control the flow of the seeds to be shelled, I take off the bag and use a vacuum hose with plastic tape over half of the end.) The hose was attached in the normal way. It works great: Out of two bushels, only a few meats were cracked and only a few seeds didn't shell out.

The nut meats pile up about 20 inches beyond the exhaust. The larger chaff carries further. To remove the fine chaff, I put the meats in a pail of water and run water into it, until it overflows. The light chaff comes to the top and spills over the top with the additional water. I drain the water off and put the damp meats on a cookie sheet in a 230degree oven until they are dry.

LOYED SPOONER
Williamston, Michigan

Dmor
1/31/2021 10:37:19 AM

I realize this is an old post.....are you still doing this or have you come up with something else? Can you share pics and videos of the process in action? Thanks DeAnn


Allen Howell
5/29/2012 1:22:35 PM

Genius!







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