Answer: One reference I consulted suggests curing the pecans after harvest. Cure them by drying them at room temperature, preferably at 65-70 percent humidity, for 2 to 3 weeks. <br><br>To preserve freshness, store pecans in the refrigerator in an air tight container. They will keep 18-36 months. Or, they'll keep 4-8 months at room temperature. I wouldn't suggest putting them in the oven.<br><br>To ease shelling: soak the nuts in hot (185F) water for 3 to 5 minutes, allow to dry and rest for 12 to 24 hours, then shell.
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