Sure, shelled pecans are easy for snacking, but there are quite a few benefits to opting for pecans in the shell! Sitting with loved ones cracking pecans and enjoying the nuts held inside is a great way to spend the afternoon, and the pecans shells can be used for a variety of projects, crafts, and other things when you’re all done. A few fun things you can do with your pecan shells are:
• Up your smoker game – If you enjoy smoking meats and cheeses, pecan shells are your best friend! After enjoying pecans in the shell, take your shells and set them aside. Make sure they’re clean and dry, and use them alongside your wood to imbue a bit of smokey sweetness into whatever you have in your smoker. The sweetness of pecan shells adds an incredible flavor profile to light fish, ham, chicken, turkeys, and more!
• Include them in your beauty regimen – Exfoliation is important to any beauty routine. It helps to get rid of the dead skin that clogs pores, it can lessen the appearance of wrinkles or dark spots. When you have pecans in the shell, you can grind up your shells in a food processor or coffee grinder, and then add the tiny bits of shell to facial masks or cleansers. Gently rub the mixture on your face or other parts of the body, and you’re left with smooth and polished skin.
• Use them in your mulch – Pecan shells are packed full of healthy nutrients, and just the kind your plants will love! The sharp edges of the shells help to deter slugs and snails, and nutrients are released into the soil as the pecan shells break down.
• Making family crafts – If you’re looking for something to do on a chilly or rainy day, why not break out the pecan shells and have a little family fun? Pecan shells can be used to make little animal sculptures or pecan buddies just by adding in eyes, pipe cleaner legs, little feet, or wings! Let your imagination run wild and make something you’ll treasure forever.