Works with all kinds of nuts. Nut cracker is mounted on a hardwood base. Nickel-plated metal is rust free. Reasonable price point for a well-made device. Small sized – can be stored easily in a drawer.
Struggles to crack some smaller nuts. Doesn't always split nuts in halves.
Works mounted on a base or freestanding. Cracks all kinds of nuts, but works especially well with black walnuts, which are famously difficult to crack. Durable device. Pretty easy to set up and use.
Price is a little high. May crush smaller nuts with thin shells instead of halving.
Uses an attached shield to limit scattering of shell pieces. Small device that's easy to store in a drawer. Cracker takes a little while to learn to use efficiently, but it's worth the effort. Will also work to crack shellfish.
Build quality is questionable. Often breaks nuts into fragments, rather than halves.
Traditional design with wide-swinging jaws that will support many sizes of nuts. Set of 6 yields low price per piece. Works great for nuts with thinner shells. Can also crack open shellfish.
Some questions over longevity and quality. Requires a lot of hand strength to use.
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A nutcracker is a kitchen tool designed to crack the hard shell of a nut to make it easier to access the edible part of the nut inside. Look for a nutcracker that will neatly crack the shell or split the shell without hurting or crushing the rest of the nut. While some of the result will be in the technique, a portion of the effectiveness of your efforts will be in the design of the nutcracker. A traditional hand-held nutcracker can be quite effective, even though it is little more than two pieces of metal attached at one end and can be pulled together. Some other styles may make it easier to crack large nuts, even without much strength in your hand, but are larger and more cumbersome. Most holiday nutcrackers designed to bring nostalgic visions of the Nutcracker Suite to your home are not actually constructed to crack nuts and are instead simply decorative items.
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