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?