Today marks a small milestone for me: I have shelled the last pecan I had harvested from my four pecan trees last year. This has taken an enormous amount of work over the past four to five months to complete as all of the pecans were cracked by hand. All I have to say is that I have a great respect for the people who did this sort of for a living before the invention of mechanical nut cracker. I doubt that I would have lasted. At the very least, my hands would have been destroyed by the work.
The final result is twelve full quarts of shelled pecans. Three of the jars were used for pecan pies for Thanksgiving and Christmas, so only nine are currently in the pantry. I see several pecan pies in my future this year. I will also be on the lookout for more recipes that use pecans and I will snack on some of these. It is a good thing that I will be getting more pecans later this year, as these will be gone before too long.
I have a five gallon bucket full of pecan shells that I plan on turning into charcoal. I haven’t been making much charcoal recently because the weather has alternating between warm enough to do work outside and too cold to do much outside. When the weather is warm, I’ve worked until the sun goes down and that doesn’t leave much time for getting the needed wood together to run the fire. And when it is cold, I don’t want to be outside for long, even if there is a blazing fire nearby.