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An easy way to crack hickory nuts.

Is there an easy way to crack hickory nuts, aside porn training the squirrels to crack them and band the nutmeats over to me?

One suggestion would be to crack the nuts open lengthwise. Put them in a vice or nutcracker the long way, or hold them upright and hit the pointy end with a hammer.

Some people claim it helps to pour boiling water over the nuts. Let them soak for 15-20 minutes, then drain and crack.

You can also freeze them to make the shells more brittle. Take only a few at a time from the freezer and crack them before they start to thaw.

Even with these nutters' secrets, you'll still need a good nut pick ... and a lot of patience. Around here it's a job that usually falls on the old folks who don't have much to do during the winter. But it sure makes them appreciated!
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Publication:Countryside & Small Stock Journal
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Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Sep 1, 1999
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