Hate to Crack Pecans, Me Too

I love pecan season (and so does our thieving herd of deer), but hate to crack and shell. Usually, I collect pecans, drag them to the feed store to be cracked, and beg people to shell for me.  But this year, no more.  I bought an old pressure cooker book at a thrift store, and voila, a quick and easy way to shell pecans.  If you have pecans, invest in a pressure cooker – so worth it, it’s amazing.  Plus, there’s lots of other great recipes for pressure cookers.  I bought an Aeternum Pressure Cooker years ago, and never had a problem with it, or any of the scary horror stories people talk about.

Pressure Cooker with Steamer Basket
Pressure Cooker with Steamer Basket
Pressure Cooker Steamer Basket Pecans
Steamer Basket with Pecans

Cracked Pecan

Cracking Pecans with Pressure Cooker


  • 1 cup water
  • Pecans in shell


  1. Must have pressure cooker, and a steamer rack that reaches the interior walls of the pressure cooker, so the pecans don't touch the water.
  2. Place 1 cup water in the bottom of the pressure cooker. Place steamer rack in. Fill rack with pecans. Make sure pressure cooker is no more than 2/3 full.
  3. Bring pressure cooker to cooking state (mine is when the pressure indicator is up). Time for 5 minutes. Release the pressure, remove the lid and cool.
  4. If nuts are moist, dry on low heat, in the oven.
  5. Tap with hammer or meat pounder to crack, and voila, the shell separates and falls off, easily!!!
  6. I used my meat pounder.
  7. Happy cracking!