The Secret to Cracking Pecans {The Mountain Kitchen Tips

The Secret to Cracking Pecans {The Mountain Kitchen Tips

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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.

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! |

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

  • 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!).

    • 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.

    • 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! 🙂

  • We have a pecan tree. We usually harvest the nuts with the outer shell since we do t sant to be left with nine from the birds. My questions is : if we roast them to dry, should we still boli them to shelled them?

    • Hi Beatriz! You are so lucky to have a producing pecan tree. Boiling helps to get them out of the shell whole. We always did it once the pecans were out of the outer shell. You could always try a small batch to see if it helps. I’d be interested to know the results. Thanks for stopping by!

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