Cracking pecans can seem like a messy, time consuming feat. If you’re excited to snack on or bake with your freshly collected pecans, you may be wondering what the best and easiest method is to remove them from their shell. It’s amazing how a few simple tips can make the process a lot easier!
Once you’ve collected and sorted your pecans, you’re ready to taste them. The first step is to place them in a pot and cover them with water. Boil for about 10 minutes, drain them in a colander, and let them cool enough to handle. Boiling them first will soften the shell, making them easier to crack. The moisture will also reduce the mess by preventing so many tiny shell fragments.
Once your pecans have cooled, you can start cracking them. A high quality nutcracker will be your best option for this step. If you don’t have one, you can use a hammer, mallet, or cleaned pliers. Cracking pecans with this method will help you remove them from the shell whole almost every time!