The Secret to Cracking Pecans {The Mountain Kitchen Tips

Did you know there is a secret to cracking pecans out of the shell whole almost every time, without breaking them into tiny pieces? Click to find out how! | TheMountainKitchen.com

Did you know the secret to cracking pecans? I do, and I’m going to share a secret with you!

No matter how you say the word “PECAN”, they are one of the best nuts you can eat, in my opinion. My grandparents had 4 very large pecan trees in their yard growing up. Needless to say there was a lot of pecan cracking going on in the fall months.

My grandparents sat on an “S” curve and the driveway circled around the back of the house passing by all 4 of those pecan trees.  The car tires sounded as if they were popping driving on the driveway around the house in the fall when the pecans started to fall. I remember my granddaddy putting two big heavy metal outdoor lawn chairs in the driveway, spaced out with a string connecting them. This was to ward off anyone from driving behind the house and cracking pecans that fell in the driveway. 

Sadly, today there is only one lonesome pecan tree left standing in my grandparents yard. The other pecan trees either died and were cut down, or taken out by hurricanes in the last 20 years. I’m almost appalled that I even have to buy pecans at the store now. 

Did you know there is a secret to cracking pecans out of the shell whole almost every time, without breaking them into tiny pieces? Here’s a trick my grandmama used to do:

Put the pecans in a pot and cover them with water. Bring them to a boil; boil for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drain pecans in a colander and allow them to cool so they can be handled. Crack them open and you’ll find out just how easy it is to get a whole pecan out of the shell.

Did you know there is a secret to cracking pecans out of the shell whole almost every time, without breaking them into tiny pieces? Click to find out how! | TheMountainKitchen.com

The boiling technique also cuts down on the mess that cracking the shells can make.

If you are fortunate enough to get your hands on some pecans, I hope this tip makes cracking pecans a little easier.

4 thoughts on “The Secret to Cracking Pecans {The Mountain Kitchen Tips

  1. "Cheffie Cooks"

    Hi Debbie, it won’t turn out soggy like boiled peanuts in a shell will it? Cheryl Psssst. Boiled peanuts are a big thing in Georgia! I do not care for them personally (no pun intended to any Georgian!).

  2. Debbie Spivey

    No. They just get warm. The heat somehow makes the shell expand enough to get the pecans out whole. As they cool they will become hard to remove again. Pssst… My late father used to grow peanuts for living. He love them boiled. GROSS! I love them green fresh out of the dirt, but not boiled. My brother-in-law dug some up today in his fields here in VA.

  3. linda68

    This is a great idea. Thank you. I can’t believe I’m learning so much more. I’m 68, and loving you young kids.

  4. Hi Linda! This old trick sure comes in handy. My grandparents house was surrounded by pecan trees, so this tip was fairly common. I’m glad you were able to take something away from The Mountain Kitchen that will make things easier for you in your kitchen. You’re never to old to learn! 🙂

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