Welcome... to First Time Crackers
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 properly. To dry pecans, spread them out in a warm place and let the sun do the work.
Sort by size. Our machines are designed to crack by the nut size (medium and large) and mixed sizes will get
mixed results. We are not able to do a good job on small natives (3/4 inch or less in diameter); they usually
are too small to get picked up properly by the cracker.
Clean Pecans. No dirt clods, rocks, sticks, screw drivers, pliers, eyeglass lens, paper, snuff cans, church keys
or tractor bolts; thank you. And pick out the pecans still in hulls. All too hard on our machinery. Also pick out
any pecans with small holes. Those have weevil grubs in them, and you probably don't want grubs in your
take home pecans. If needed, we'll send you to the Timeout Station to clean things up, before taking in your
Crack-Shell-Blow. This removes about 90% of the shell, leaving you with the remainder to pick by hand. But
don't expect the output to look like packaged grocery store halves; besides the 10% of the shells, you'll also
get the broken pecan bits and pieces.
Percentage Returned. When you bring pecans in we weight them for pricing. When you pick up, they are
obviously going to weigh less, since much of the shell is removed. For paper shell pecans, expect around
40-50% to be returned. For the smaller natives, expect about 30-40% returned.
Quality. Occasionally we'll have folks bring in small, hard, dry pecans and somehow expect those to crack
out as large, golden, whole halves. Remember what your Mother told you about a sow's ear and a silk purse.
That applies to native pecans, also.
Pick-up Promptly. Once pecans are shelled, the oil starts to evaporate. Get into storage promptly to preserve
the flavor. They will stay fresh in the fridge for six months; up to a year in the freezer. And please don't
forget to pick up. We will dispose of unwanted pecans after 30 days.
Mahan Pecans - Sorry, we can't process Mahans. Due to their length they are too large to go through the