Pecan trees do very well here in the valley of the sun. Unfortunately, I am not one of those lucky people who have a pecan tree growing in my yard (yet). But I have been fortunate to have received pecans from people who do.
So, faced with several pounds of delicious pecans to shell and no fancy mechanism to do the job, I did a google search and found this great video. This works! I’m sure there is probably an easier way, and if I had a tree (I mean when), I would invest in some sort of pecan shucking machine, but for now I am happy with this.
Okay, now I am so excited to have all these tasty pecans. I will freeze them to keep them fresh so I always have a fresh supply when it’s time to bake my famous Southern pecan rum cake.
But I also have all these shells. What to do? Throw them away? Not me. Easy answer – break them up and toss them in the composter. This isn’t a bad choice, but not the only one.
My choice is to bag them up and keep them handy for barbecuing. I can toss them in the grill to add that sweet pecan flavor to whatever I am cooking.
I have read that you can break them up a bit and add to your mulch around plants you are having issues with slugs. Those sharp edges from the pecan shells help protect your precious produce.
So, next time you are shucking pecans, don’t just toss those shells put them to work for you whether it be adding flavor to your grilling fun or being a garden guardian against those pesky slugs. It makes all that work shucking the pecans even more worth it.