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pecan cracker

Post by ccr » Fri Oct 18, 2019 7:04 pm

what's the best pecan cracker. i've looked at some and the electric look good, but not $300-$400. just have 11 trees but the hand cracker we used last year wasn't that great.

what do yall like?

this is a pic of the varieties we have here.

choctaw - biggest pecan, weak limb and harder to get good limb structure
pawnee - good pecan and tree structure
souix - small pecan, fine limb structure
kanja - small pecan, good taste, and excellent limb structure
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Re: pecan cracker

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by ccr » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:16 pm

Hippie Rancher wrote:
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this one:

https://www.pecans.com/texan-nut-sheller/
thanks hr, think i'll give it a try. looks like what we used when i was a kid.
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Re: pecan cracker

Post by Hippie Rancher » Fri Oct 18, 2019 9:21 pm

I took the guard off. it takes a little while to get the hang of it but once you do it is perfect halves all day long. nip the ends then use the outer tip of the blade to nip the shell down the sides.

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by hurleyjd » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:09 pm

There is a pecan cracking company in my area that you can take them to and they will run them through the cracker and all you have to do is pick the halfs out of the hulls. Might check and see if any one in your area has that service. The place is in Mineola Texas and is called the pecan house.

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by ccr » Fri Oct 18, 2019 10:16 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
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There is a pecan cracking company in my area that you can take them to and they will run them through the cracker and all you have to do is pick the halfs out of the hulls. Might check and see if any one in your area has that service. The place is in Mineola Texas and is called the pecan house.
thanks hurley that would be the best. hadn't as of yet found a place around weatherford that will run them through a cracker.
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Re: pecan cracker

Post by hurleyjd » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:25 am

https://mineolapecanhouse.com/

Might be a pretty good side line business for your area for people wanting to crack and sell their pecans shelled.

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by hurleyjd » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:51 am

Check these people there in Parker county. They show that they will crack for the public. http://www.savagepecans.com/

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by ga.prime » Sat Oct 19, 2019 11:44 am

Submitted for your approval, The Black Brute

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where'd it come from, how'd it get there?

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by ccr » Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:36 pm

ga.prime wrote:
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Submitted for your approval, The Black Brute

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Approved. looks like it's been around a while.
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Re: pecan cracker

Post by ccr » Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:39 pm

hurleyjd wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:51 am
Check these people there in Parker county. They show that they will crack for the public. http://www.savagepecans.com/
thanks hurley. your a better looker upper than i am.

i called and left a message and drove by the tree farm (15 minutes from here), but no sign their still in business.
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Re: pecan cracker

Post by hurleyjd » Sat Oct 19, 2019 2:23 pm

ccr wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:39 pm
hurleyjd wrote:
Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:51 am
Check these people there in Parker county. They show that they will crack for the public. http://www.savagepecans.com/
thanks hurley. your a better looker upper than i am.

i called and left a message and drove by the tree farm (15 minutes from here), but no sign their still in business.
Could be seasonal as the Mineola Pecan House.

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by jschoolcraft86 » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:19 am

The texan cracker that hippierancher linked to is a good one. I use that as well as an electric cracker that just does one at a time. The texan cracker does take a little while to get used to but it's worth it.

I generally take larger loads to Goldthwaite (Highway 84 Pecans or Pecans.com) and they do a great job of cracking and shelling, not sure how much your trees are producing. Both places in Goldthwaite charge about 1.00 per pound inshell weight and you can assume you'll get about 50% kernel back after shelling. The pawnee might come back closer to 60% and some of the others may be upper 40s if you're interested in trying to forecast what your shelled yield would be before you make the drive.

Of the four varieties you have which is your favorite? I think the choctaw have the best taste, but when I plant another 10 acres starting this winter I think it is going to be a mix of Pawnee and Kanza. We have some trees from each of the varieties you listed other than Kanza, but I hear really good things about it (The grand champion nut in our county pecan show for the last several years has been Kanza).

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Re: pecan cracker

Post by greybeard » Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:39 am

I used to work in a machine shop in San Angelo and one of our contracted products was the replacement cutter knives for the Texan Nut Shellers for that company.
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Re: pecan cracker

Post by Hippie Rancher » Mon Oct 21, 2019 12:36 pm

jschoolcraft86, or anybody: would you know variety on sight? we have a few trees that were planted long before I was born and I have no idea what they are. one must be a wild type for pollination or it was a watersprout that took over - it has tiny thick hard shells with a small kernel - not worth shelling, really. The other two are better. one is quire thin shelled and oblong, the other is rounder and the shell is a little thicker and harder, but not bad. I will get some pictures eventually. Trees were probably planted in the 40s or early 50s

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