What is the best way to remove pecans from the shell?

What is the best way to remove pecans from the shell?

2 years ago I moved to the country from the city & the property I purchased has over 14 large pecan trees on it. This fall the pecans falling from the trees are as plentiful as the leaves that fall in the fall of the year.

When I asked what is the best time of year for the pecans, I was told to wait til they fall from the trees. The pecans outter shell will be brownish to brown in color and fall off the nut with little effort. Up to this point all is true, lol, but getting the nut itself from it's shell is another story. I purchased a nut cracker for pecans & walnuts, (heavy duty with a lever like a press), then heard about using vise grips & tried this as well. Both work ok in cracking the shell open, but still, getting out the nut in any size piece has not been seen yet. Are there different types of pecans or are they just not ripe enough yet? Anyone have any other ideas of knowledge about pecans?

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I was born & raised in Caribou Maine, growing up on a farm most begin driving tractors by the time old enough to see over the steering wheel. Then one of the old family cars become our new play toy by the time we were 9 or 10 years old & we got to learn to drive on all the potatoe field roads. This helped because by the time we were 14 we drove the big potatoe trucks in the fields, by the time we were 16 we then hit the roads from the feilds to the potatoe houses as well as in between seasons we hauled logs to the train yards. Things have since changed and now even on the farms kids have to be much older to work. I did enjoy growing up during them times. But them winters are way to long now, lol. Though New England is beautiful as any place in the summer & fall, I need the South & warmer climate. ;-)

I have been in SC since 1989 & the weather, people, & work, make this place so beautiful. And now returning to the country of SC instead of city life, (other than the weather) it is like the countryside of Maine. When not working I get on one of my bikes and spend the day enjoying these country roads.

I will keep on practicing with the pecans, I enjoy the taste, just I want enough to taste.. lol

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Well...hello there. Gotcha. So you moved from the city to the country. That explains the driving issue. That is why I drive like I do. I grew up country and lived in Maine woods. Dirt roads are no stranger to me. Alot of mosying around type driving. City folk drive different due to neccesity I guess. In regards to the nut cracking. Some nuts are harder to crack than others. Will just have to practice if you want it bad enough. That must be where they got that saying "a tough nut to crack".

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OK, 2 thumbs up for you because you win. Caribou, Maine ? Now that is up there and out there. Potato country. I was in central Maine. More to do I think. At least where I was and will continue to visit. Maine is a wonderful state.

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Thank you thank you.. Yeah, without doubt more to do in Central Me, but where ever one is, there is always so much to do if go look for things to do. I loved everythig outdoors, from cross country skiing, sno mobiles, to simple snow shoeing while tracking the many different animals or just out enjoying a beauitful winter day. My brother owned a wine & beverage store in Orano, right off the interstate, Burby's wine & beverages and still today lives in Bangor. He was also a guide on the Allagash Waterway for 10 or 12 years. My sister & brother n law recently put there home in Vegas up for sale and purchased another home in Brewer so Mother could live out the rest of her life with them instead of in a nursing home. So I still do visit Me each year, sometimes 2 & 3 times per year. I also have a brother who still lives in Caribou as well giving me reason to still make the trip up in the county even. All 3 of our children live in NH with families of their own. My son coming down with cancer, (AML) this past Jan I have been to NH several times this year with more trips scheduled real soon. Even without the reason of family, I would still make the trip to Me & NH just to enjoy my time there as well as for Bike week each June.

Having lost my wife of 30 years 4 years ago and now with my son dealing with cancer, most my trips there have been for other reasons than just enjoyment. Yet each time being there I get to relive & enjoy so many great memories, regardless if up in Caribou or thru out NH. My wife & I looked forward to each end of July riding the coast of Me from Kittery up to Houlton. The lobsterfest was our first stop for a few days as well as Bar Harbour for a few more and just enjoyed all there was in between both places. It is funny when people from here, born & raised, visit Me for the first time. They cannot believe all the beauty there is, from the coast line, the animals Moose & bear especially, to just the sceenery. Once they have tasted fresh Maine lobster while sitting overlooking the bay, they become hooked as well with Me. Their before & after thoughts are just to funny, yet so glad to have been able to introduced them to Me.

Time to get back to work here, thank you for the moments of Maine memories. It is always great to reflect back on them as well as thouhts of future memories waiting to be created.

It takes a coward to steal the smile from others. Give the gift of life, become an organ donor. We cannot take our parts wih us when we go, so why give them to the worms?

I am sorry to hear about your wife and son. May you find peace. I'll tell you what. I found peace in a place called Dove-Foxcroft, Maine. Sitting on a porch, trees so thick there was no sound but the birds, woodpecker, etc...nice. While I lived there i did snow shoe too. I got into my crafts. People were willing to teach me too. Just to prove I was there: "Ya-awnt to? Awright." How about the door yard. We call it a driveway.

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There are different types of pecans.  We have 7 trees and no two are exactly alike.  Only two of our trees produce pecans that are easily removed whole from the shell. It's important to gently crack the shell all the way around not just in one spot.  I collect nutcrackers so I've tried many of them, my favorite is the Carolina Cracker from Garner, NC

ACTUALLY A most efficient method maybe is to have a large Parrot do it for you ... they have unbelievable power in those beaks!  Of course the bird is not going share the nuts with you but they will be removed from thier shells with all efficiency.  A nutty idea of course.

ACTUALLY A most efficient method maybe is to have a large Parrot do it for you ... they have unbelievable power in those beaks!  Of course the bird is not going share the nuts with you but they will be removed from thier shells with all efficiency.  A nutty idea of course.

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