I will never complain about the price of shelled nuts again! I spent about three hours today shelling pecans and only netted just over a pound (and that was on top of the time spent collecting and drying them)! I'm amazed that the grower can maintain acres of trees, wait ten years for them to start producing, gather the nuts, shell and package them, ship them across the country, and stock them on the local grocery shelf, all for about $7 a pound. My fingers are raw and brown, and I have several more baskets to go!
On the plus side, I found a great sugared pecan recipe that I prepared over Thanksgiving. It made a tasty treat that was consumed in just a few days. I'm making more for a dinner party, so I'll try to get a photo and post the recipe.