I have a big bag of mixed nuts (hazelnuts, walnuts, pecans, Brazil nuts) in their shells that I want to crack open to enjoy later. I have tried to look up how to crack individual types of these nuts but they are all different. Can I just dump all the nuts in a barrel and soak them for a few hours until their shells are soft or will this ruin the nuts?

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    Why would you want to soak the nuts? Welcome, btw.
    – Stephie
    Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 19:15
  • So that they'll crack more easily. Commented Mar 29, 2015 at 23:38
  • Put them in a sack and throw them against the ground.
    – Thorst
    Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 11:45
  • I feel like that would break all the nuts and also make it hard to separate the broken shells from the nuts. Commented Mar 30, 2015 at 16:18

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You really can't automate this. As you noted, each nut is cracked with a different technique and requires an individually independent amount of force.

Soaking the nuts won't accomplish anything desirable.

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