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Small Batch Shelling Tour
What happens when you pick up 20 pounds of pecans and bring them to us? We'll process them with the equipment that you'll see below.

First step is the scale, which I thought would be highly uninteresting to take a picture of. We weigh your pecans and write you a ticket containing your name, the number of pounds, and the time the pecans will be ready. The time can vary from a few minutes if there are no batches waiting and your batch is small to up to four weeks on a crazy, pecan-filled year! At the end of this time period, just remember to bring back your ticket to claim your pecans! It makes our lives much easier. Pictured is one of the six pecan crackers we use to break the shells with, and it cracks the pecans one at a time and drops them into a 20-gallon bucket.

The crackers are lined up and are each working on a different batch, which we can tell by the different ticket attached to the order. We will also give you your container that you brought your pecans in back to you along with the order when you pick it up. The best containers to bring pecans in with are burlap or mesh sacks, followed by paper grocery bags. Plastic grocery bags are usually not a good idea because they can easily rip or spill somewhere in the process!

The second process that the pecans on the Small Batch side endure is shelling. This sheller is much like the big one that is for large batches except that--you guessed it--it's smaller! After the meats are beaten around and the shells seperate from them, they will fall down through the spaces in the sheller's cylinder and are aspirated before they fall into the barrel. By the term aspirated, I mean the shells are "sucked" off of the meats, and while the meats fall into the bucket, the shells fall into a big storage sack. You can actually ask for your shells back for gardening if you want to, but most clients appreciate us taking it off of their hands. The finished product for small batches is mostly meats with a small amount of shell in them, depending on the quality of the batch. Most batches can be dumped on an open table and the shells can be picked out relatively easily since they have been cracked and shelled.

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