PECAN SHELLING

Pecan Cracking and Shelling Services

SHELLING OPTIONS

Cracked and Blown

After sanitizing your pecans, we run them through the cracker, and you get back everything; then you finish shelling and picking them while watching your favorite TV show. The cost is 65 cents per in-shell pound.

Shelled Pecans

After sanitizing your pecans, we run them through the cracker. They then go through the sheller which is a machine that pulls most of the shell away from the meat. The machine sheller removes about 95% of the shell. The pecans then pass through the hands of workers who individually pick out any remaining shell. They are then packaged in bulk (1.00 per pound) or are separated into halves and pieces and are custom bagged (1.15 per pound.) We usually return your shelled pecans in 7-10 days. If we suspect there are any pests in the pecans, we will freeze them a week before shelling.

Percentage Returned

When you bring in pecans, we weigh them for pricing. When you pick them up, they are going to weigh less, since much of the shell is removed. For most pecans, expect around 40-50% of the original weight to be returned. The amount of meat returned depends on the amount of meat in the pecan.

Once pecans are shelled, the oil starts to evaporate. Get them into storage promptly to preserve the flavor. They will stay fresh in the fridge for one year or up to 2 years in the freezer. Please don’t forget to pick them up. If we don’t hear from you, they will belong to us after 30 days to satisfy your shelling bill.

PREPARATION FOR SHELLING

We are very proud of our shelling plant. We have purchased the finest cracker and sheller made. Pecans come out of the machines with a large percentage of halves, but the rate of halves you receive depends on the condition of the pecans that we receive. Here are some things to pay attention to before you bring your pecans to us for shelling:

Make sure they are dry

To test for dryness, crack a couple of pecans by hand and then snap the meat halves in two. If they snap crisply, you’re ready to go. If they bend or crumble, they’re still too green for the machines to crack correctly. To dry pecans, spread them out in a warm place and let the sun do the work.

Clean the pecans

No shoes, rocks, sticks, screwdrivers, pliers, eyeglass lens, paper, shotgun shells, church keys or tractor bolts; thank you. Please pick out the pecans still in hulls. These are too hard on our machinery. If we have to clean your pecans, we will add .25 cents per pound.

AFTER SHELLING

Quality

We make no guarantee on the yield of any customer’s pecans, or the percentage of halves or pieces they will receive after shelling. The quality of pecans differ, and the yield of each individual’s pecans may vary accordingly. Pecans are an agricultural product and may be harmed by temperature, humidity, odors or other environmental elements.

Pickup Promptly

Once pecans are shelled, the oil starts to evaporate. Get them into storage promptly to preserve the flavor. They will stay fresh in the fridge for one year or up to 2 years in the freezer. Please don’t forget to pick them up. If we don’t hear from you, they will belong to us after 30 days.

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