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Choosing an Easy to Use Nut Cracker

Updated on January 11, 2010


When you think of a nut cracker, most people think of the soldier from the ballet, "The Nut Cracker," and yes some versions of the little soldier can crack nuts, but it's not the most efficient way to crack nuts for your pie or just a snack. And, you don't want to try to crack a nut, even a small pistachio with a small nutcracker. Most of them have the levers in the back, adjusting the mouth, which is the cracking mechanism, but that doesn't mean that they should all be used to crack your nuts. The Christmas ornament nutcrackers definitely aren't an efficient way to crack a nut.

You will find that there are so many different nut crackers that you can purchase with different sizes and styles, that it's best to find those that will be easiest to use. Those nut crackers which are manufactured specifically to crack nuts will be much more efficient than the little soldier.

You don't want to have to fight and pound in order to crack the shell for the tiny nut on the inside. I hate to say it, but no nut is going to be worth all that, not unless it's going to be a golden nut. In order to prevent the extra work on yourself, purchase an actual nut cracker and not The Nutcracker.

Nutcrackers generally come in one or two basic designs, but you'll find that they don't always all work the same. When looking for a new nut cracker, check out the different features and models before you make your purchase. You may find that one model may suit you better than another and it may even be cheaper.

Just remember that the easier it is to crack the shell, the less mess that the nutcracker makes, and the easier the kitchen accessory is to clean, the better your money will have been spent.

Choosing a Nut Cracker

When choosing a nut cracker, you'll find that most are hand held, meaning you'll have to use your hands and strength to squeeze the two sides of the handle together in order to crack the shell. You'll find that younger children and older adults may have problems with some of the hand crackers.

When looking at the handles, it's a good idea to consider those with rubber handles so that you can get a good grip. Most nut crackers will have a metal handle, which you can potentially lose your grip on.

A good, solid, stainless steel nut cracker is definitely preferred over some of the cheaper models.

If you know that you'll need a nut cracker for larger nuts more so than pistachios or cracking plum seeds, you'll want to take that into consideration as well. Not all of the newer models work exact on smaller nuts. The Chef's Planet Innovative Nutcracker, for instance, claims to crack all sizes, but it's really best suited for larger nuts such as walnuts. And the Harold Imports Reed's Rocket Nutcracker is definitely, visibly a large nut nutcracker. Most of the handheld nutcrackers will have sections where you can crack small to large nuts.

Consider whether the tool is going to be dishwasher safe or will you need to hand wash it. Sometimes it's just simpler and most of the times more preferred to have dishwasher safe kitchen accessories. So, keep that in mind, if you prefer to use the dishwasher.


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      gwennies pen 8 years ago

      Automatically when nutcracker is mentioned I see your first picture in my head, as my Dad tends to collect these in all shapes and sizes. Every Christmas someone tries to buy him one. He loves nuts as well...but he does tend to use the silver type, heavy double handled nutcracker to crack the large nuts. We cheat and buy him nuts in the can. I enjoyed your hub though!