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Did you know there is a secret to cracking pecans out of the shell whole? I know the secret and I want to share it with you. They actually come out whole almost every time, without breaking into tiny pieces.
No matter how you say the word “PECAN”, they are one of the best nuts you can eat. When I was growing up my grandparents had 4 very large pecan trees in their yard. 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. Every fall as cars drove around their house you could hear the sound of the car tires popping the pecans that had fallen into the driveway. 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, there is now only one lonesome pecan tree left in my grandparents’ yard. The other pecan trees either died or taken out by the hurricanes that past through in the last 20 years. I’m almost appalled that I even have to buy pecans at the store now.
The Secret to Cracking Pecans
Here’s a trick my grandmama taught me:
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.
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 whole pecans, I hope this tip makes cracking pecans a little easier!
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