While shelled pecans are popular, so are fresh pecans in shell. Our Natchitoches fresh pecans in shell are hand picked and pre-cracked, so you get the fun of cracking and shelling our own pecans without having to fight for the meat. Before buying fresh pecans in shell, there are a few things you should know. First and foremost, fresh pecans in shell do need to be shelled by you, but with our cracked in-shell pecans you get the fun without any hassle. This means that you will require a nutcracker to effortlessly get to the nut inside. While you may not be able to grab pecans by the handful and eat or use them without work, sitting together and shelling your own pecans does make for a fun night of family snacking. Next, you’ll want to keep your fresh pecans in shell tasting fresh, and we recommend keeping your pecans in a cool pantry or refrigerator when you’re not actively enjoying them. They can be kept in a cool and dry place for around 6 to 12 months without losing any of their freshness or flavor. After this period of 6 to 12 months, if you still have fresh pecans in shell left, they can be shelled, placed inside of an airtight container or bag, and kept in the freezer for up to 2 years. Fresh pecans in shell aren’t just tasty, they have other uses around the house, too. The next time you enjoy fresh pecans in shell, keep the discarded shells and store them in a plastic bag. Pecan shells are slightly acidic, and create incredible compost for acidity loving plants like azaleas, daffodils, hydrangeas, and rhododendrons. Your discarded shells may be added to a compost bin or compost pile, but they also work simply scattered around the area of your flowerbeds. As they begin to decompose, they bring their rich acidity and nutrients directly to your soil. Pecan shells may also be used to make classic Louisiana style barbecue. When smoking meats, vegetables, cheeses, and even fruits, mesquite or hickory woodchips are a popular component. Rather than this heavier smoke flavor, pecan shells can be used in the same way, infusing your food with the buttery sweet taste of Louisiana pecans.